Sunset and Sailboat by Nell Blaine
In the fall of 1974 following the death of her mother, Nell Blaine moved to Gloucester MA, with a dramatic view overlooking the harbor. Typically starting in the late afternoon and continuing till late in the evening, she worked from her wheelchair painting images of the harbor including the dramatic sunset, followed by Flower still life images for which she is affectionately known. She commented that "The moment of the dying of the light is my favorite moment to paint landscape...it's a time when I gather my energies - I am physically more alert to my surroundings. The main reason is the excitement that the color takes on - it illuminates everything."
Sunset and Sailboat was painted in 1974 (listed in her Catalog Raisonne) and personifies the feeling of "excitement that the color takes on" with blazing pinks and oranges of the setting sun adjacent to a rich assortment of deep blues punctuating a darkening harbor under a night sky. This very rare high quality serigraph of the 1974 painting produced in the same year is a rare artists proof signed by Blaine with superb color and print quality. Chromacorp was the most important serigraph workshop in New York in the 1970's and 1980's, producing many of the great fine art serigraphs of that period, such as, the infamous Ladies and Gentlemen series of Andy Warhol and many of his fine art print portrait commissions. This work was part of the collection of Jackson Lowell a master serigraph printer as well as the founder and owner of Chromacorp in New York. Blaine continues to be collected with much interest, especially in the East Coast of the United States, making this work a significant and very affordable investment graphic work.
Technical Details: Eight Color Serigraph, rare Artists Proof, signed. Sheet Size 24 x 20 inches, 1974. Provenance: Collection of printer Jackson Lowell (Chromacorp, New York).