American, 1928-1999

"Foliage Study", 1962

gouache on paper
signed, titled and dated on the reverse "Lynne Drexler 1962"
16 x 13 inches

  • Provenance: The artist, Monhegan Island, Maine; Private Collection, Connecticut

    Framed dimensions: 23 x 20 x 1 inches

    "I've always felt deeply within myself I was a damn good artist, though the world didn't recognize
    me as such. I wasn't about to play their game." — Lynne Mapp Drexler

    Lynne Mapp Drexler was born in Newport News, Virginia in 1928, she was educated at the Richmond Professional Institute and the College of William and Mary. She studied painting with Hans Hofmann in New York and Provincetown, and with Robert Motherwell at Hunter College Graduate School. She was part of the second-generation of Abstract Expressionists—including Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Larry Rivers. Drexler incorporated aspects of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism into her vivid, innovative paintings.

    Drexler lived for many years in New York City, where she painted and cultivated her love of the
    performing arts. She lived for a period of time in the Chelsea Hotel in its Bohemian heyday. She
    met her husband, painter John Hultberg at the 8th Street Artists Club in New York and they were
    married in 1962. Hultberg was represented by the art dealer Martha Jackson, who bought a house for him on Monhegan Island in 1963. Monhegan, a tiny, rockbound island off the coast of Maine, had been long loved by many artists. Drexler's inspiration derived primarily from the island, where she and her husband spent their summers until moving to the island permanently in 1983.

    Many of her paintings created after 1962 are clearly inspired by the landscape of Monhegan. Her
    affinity with nature and music became deeply intertwined in her work. This vision is apparent in
    the four works offered here.

    Drexler died at her home on Monhegan Island on December 30, 1999 following a long illness. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Monhegan Museum, Farnsworth Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, Greenville County Museum of Art, and the Portland Museum of Art, among others.

    Despite her talent and dedication, Drexler is just now beginning to receive well-deserved scholarly
    and market attention. From October 27-December 17, 2022 there was a major exhibition of her works at Mnuchin Gallery and Berry-Campbell Gallery in New York City, the first showing of her work in New York City in 38 years.

    Tags: works on paper, female artist, woman artist, modern / contemporary, abstract, 20th century, mid-century, Hofmann school, Abstract Expressionist, New York School
  • Condition: in very good overall condition; minor wear in the corners; no restoration or fading apparent; some light toning along the top edge; additional photos available upon request

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