Perle Fine was born in Boston. She studied with Hans Hofmann and through him became interested in abstract expressionism. During the 1950s and 1960s, she worked in an abstract calligraphic style, using media for expressive purposes. Fine divided her time between studios in New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts, and also taught art at Cornell and Hofstra Universities. She worked in a variety of media, making paintings, collages, and prints. Her work is in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
[This is an excerpt from the interactive companion program to the videodisc American Art from the National Gallery of Art. Produced by the Department of Education Resources, this teaching resource is one of the Gallery's free-loan educational programs.]