Alissa Blumenthal: works from the 1970-1980s


Blumenthal’s mature works signal her interest in a stronger physical engagement with the materiality of painting: she begins creating abstract imagery with the help of thread, stencils and folded or torn paper. In her series “Tables” and “Monuments” the major referent seems to be a document, its structure and appearance at different stages of disintegration.

Blumenthal's uneasy relationship with time and her own physicality (made especially poignant by aging), is most manifest in her late work. These ephemeral pieces hover uncertainly between painting and drawing and combine elements of her earlier works into a new synthesis, rooted in the physical process of mark making.


  • Alissa Blumenthal, Monument I, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 in., 1970s

  • Alissa Blumenthal, Table series 1, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 in., 1970s

  • Alissa Blumenthal, Untitled, oil on canvas, 44 x 54 in., 1970s

  • Alissa Blumenthal, Table series 4, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 in., 1970s

  • Alissa Blumenthal, Late work on paper, oil on paper, 9 x 12 in., 1980s

  • Alissa Blumenthal, Late work on paper, oil on paper, 9 x 12 in., 1980s

  • Alissa Blumenthal, Late work on paper, oil on paper, 9 x 12 in., 1980s

  • Alissa Blumenthal, Late work on paper, oil on paper, 9 x 12 in., 1980s