Blanche Lazzell

American, 1878 - 1956

Abstract Composition No. 6  , Gouache on paper laid to illustration board , 1928, 15 1/8 x 10 5/8 inches

Abstract Composition No. 6, Gouache on paper laid to illustration board , 1928, 15 1/8 x 10 5/8 inches

Blanche Lazzell was a renowned American painter, printmaker and designer. She was born in West Virginia in 1878. She was an early modernist American artist, bringing elements of Cubism and abstraction into her art.  Although she was a pioneer in the white-line woodcut technique and played a role in the development of abstract art in the United States, Lazzell's work faded into obscurity for a time.

Most of her paintings consisted of landscapes, still life & harbor scenes of Provincetown. Lazzell's paintings demonstrated a rich and nuanced use of color.

With a resurgence of interest in the modern print, and especially the white-line woodcut, her popularity had surged.  On August 3, 2012, Lazzell's print 'Sail Boat' reached a staggering $106,200 at auction.