The Art of Nellie Mae Rowe: Ninety-Nine and a Half Won't Do is the first major book to explore the full range of creativity and technical virtuosity of Nellie Mae Rowe, a self-taught artist from Vinings, Georgia. This beautiful volume is illustrated with 84 full-color reproductions of the artist's work, plus black-and-white contextual photographs.
Born in Fayetteville, Georgia, in 1900, Nellie Mae Row lived on the fringes of Atlanta. The daughter of a former slave who worked as a farmer, blacksmith, and basket maker to support his family of nine girls and one boy, Rowe showed an early interest in and talent for art. Her artistic endeavors increased after the death of her second husband, Henry Rowe, in 1948, and she continued to create until a few months before her death in 1982. Her vibrant works filled with shotgun houses, small churches, flowers, trees, farm animals, and engaging people incorporate memories of a southern environment and virtually pulse with sensuality and spiritual verge. Kogan, with her keen eye and artistic insight, tells Nellie Mae Rowe's story with great sensitivity, and directs us to a better understanding of her art.
By Lee Kogan. University Press of Mississippi, 1998, 112 pages, 9.4" x .7" x 12.3".
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