Along with Georgia O'Keeffe and Marguerite Zorach, Blanche Lazzell was one of the first American women (and one of only a handful of American artists, period) to embrace the radical new ideas about modern art that emerged during the first half of the 20th century. Lazzell became fascinated by the work of European modernists such as Henri Matisse and Paul Cézanne while studying in Paris in 1912-1913. Soon after returning to America, Lazzell began to experiment with incorporating their heightened colors and broken brushwork into her own paintings.
In 1927 Lazzell wrote to a friend attempting to explain the ideas that underpinned modern paintings like Bouquet of Flowers: "Our painting is . . . creative, we make our own forms and colors . . . In our work, the forms and colors must be so related to make unity, rhythm, balance, etc. A piece of music is a composition of sounds. Our painting is a composition of color."
oil paint, canvas
Measurements: height: 16 inches width: 14.125 inchesMuseum Purchase: Mint Museum Auxiliary Fund 2009.3
Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN