Perle Fine American, 1905-1988



Perle fine, a New York Abstract Expressionist, became a major figure of the post-war era. Her artistic education began at the Art Students League in 1935 where she fell under the influence of Piet Mondrian. In 1939, she began working with Hans Hofmann, both in New York and at his summer school in Provincetown, MA. 


In 1948, Fine joined Betty Parsons Gallery, which at the time, represented a small group of Abstract Epxressionists, including Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Clyfford Still.  In 1949, at the invitation of Willem de Kooning, Fine joined the "Club", a group of artists who frequently gathered to socialize and discuss one another’s work. In addition to having several solo exhibitions at Betty Parsons Gallery during this period, Fine was included in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Museum of Non-Objective Painting.


Most recently, in 2016 she was included in the ground breaking, traveling exhibition of “Women of Abstract Expressionism” organized by Gwen Chanzit at the Denver Art Museum.