From Judith Alexander’s First Show. About 1961.

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Vincencia Blount

Vincencia Blount’s daughter-in-law, Anne Vautrain Blount, says of Vincencia:

“She was introduced to me as ‘Tatty.’ That’s the name all her friends and family used. She was born in 1924 and died in 2012, after a lengthy illness. She was an Atlanta native, and began painting in about 1950. Her last painting is dated 2004.

Later in her career, she adopted the abstract expressionist style.

She had a piece in the Corcoran biennial, and as a result was invited to an evening at the Kennedy White House.

She eschewed a New York career in order to care for her growing family in Atlanta.

She had a serious interest in archaeology.

She loved to travel to see important archaeological sites, and it often influenced her work.

She saw the caves at Lascaux. She crossed the Gobi desert on a pony. She visited Petra, Cairo, and Syria in the early 1960s, long before it was fashionable.

At various times, she also went to Bali, Greece, and the pyramids in Mexico.”

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