Untitled (Appalachian Mountains), c. 1915
Oil on canvas
21 H. x 14 W. inches
Signed lower right: B. Lazzell
Blanche Lazzell was born and raised in West Virginia. Upon graduating with a fine arts degree from West Virginia University, she followed her career to the Art Students league in New York. There, she studied with Kenyon Cox and William Merritt Chase maintaining her traditional style but exploring new forms of painting. In 1912, she traveled to Europe to study in Paris and Germany, but was greatly influenced by her time at the Moderne and with Charles Guerin who recognized her distinctive style and how it translated to landscape painting. In 1914, she returned for a year to Morgantown, West Virginia, where this work was executed. After this point, finding balance in her career, Lazzell spent much of her time and production between Cape Cod and Provincetown.