Amanda Roth Block

Amanda R. Block (February 20, 1912 – November 8, 2011) was an American artist. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Block studied art in Cincinnati, Ohio, and exhibited sculptures at her first national behave at the Chicago Art Institute in 1941. Her graduation from John Herron School of Art in 1960, at age 48, marked a recompense to creative work. Her superb color desirability has always been Amanda's trademark. Bright, sensual, engaging, full of movement, her performance draws the viewer into its orbit, forcing questions on us. Her female subjects, no situation how abstract their portrayal, always seem to be real people; and we, the viewer, feel forced to question: who are they, and why reach they speak so helpfully to us.

The figural bill of Block, her most accessible, falls amongst the customary and the avant-garde, between simple and subtle, between passion and control. Although she became without difficulty known for her large abstract landscapes in acrylic and her decorative, colorful lithographs from the center and late 1970s; ultimately, it is through the figural affect that one may truly comprehend this rarefied artist. A enthusiast of beauty, it is the female form that most stimulated Block's sensibilities. Her women are strength itself, often veering toward fierce, frank and open, but always sensual.

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