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SOBEL, Janet (1894 - 1968), Painter

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913
SOBEL, Janet (1894 - 1968), Painter

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American, 20th century, female.

Born 1894, near Kiev; died 1968, in New York.


Little known outside the USA, Janet Sobel may have been the first artist ever to paint all-over drip paintings. Born in the Ukraine, she emigrated with her mother and two brothers to New York in 1908, after her father died in a pogrom. Entirely self-taught, she started to paint in 1937, naive gouaches

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