Anne Tabachnick

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Anne Tabachnick
Anne Tabachnick.jpg
Born 1927
New York, New York[1]
Died June 20, 1995(1995-06-20) (aged 67–68)
New York, New York
Nationality American
Education Hunter College, University of California, Berkeley, and New York University
Known for Painting
Spouse(s) John Newbro (divorced)

Anne Tabachnick (1927 – June 20, 1995)[2] was an American expressionist painter whose style drew inspiration from Abstract Expressionism and the European tradition.[3]


Born in Derby, Connecticut, Anne Tabachnick spent most of her life living and working in New York City. She attended Hunter College, earning a B.A. in anthropology and art, and pursued graduate studies in art at the University of California, Berkeley (1951). After studying briefly with painter Nell Blaine, Tabachnick was awarded a scholarship from the Hans Hofmann School in New York City and Provincetown from February 1946 to August 1950. Tabachnick also studied with William Baziotes in 1961.[4]


Belonging to the New York School, her work was frequently figurative. Tabachnick used thin applied areas of acrylic through which strokes of charcoal defined the subject matter of still life, landscape and figures. Tabachnick drew inspiration from what she called “The Grand Tradition” of European Masters; especially El Greco, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse.[5] She also drew inspiration from East Asian calligraphy painting.[3]

A self-described lyrical expressionist, Tabachnick had lifelong friendships with Leland Bell, Louisa Matthiasdottir, Jane Freilicher, Larry Rivers, Bob Thompson, and Robert De Niro, Sr.

Along with some two dozen solo shows, Anne Tabachnick's many honors and awards include the Longview Foundation Award (1960), grants from Radcliffe’s Bunting Institute (1967 and 1969), grants from the Creative Artists Program (1975 and 1978), the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation (1982) and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (1983). In 1985, Tabachnick was appointed artist in residence at Altos de Chavón in the Dominican Republic and received numerous invitations to the MacDowell and Yaddo art colonies. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the National Academy of Design, the Hyde Collection (in a one-person show) and the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe.

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  1. ^ "Anne Tabachnick, Figurative Artist, 67". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Anne Tabachnick, Figurative Artist, 67". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Sawin, Martica (1996). Anne Tabachnick: A Memorial Exhibition. New York, NY and Fayetteville, AR: Snyder Fine Art and Walton Arts Center. p. 23. 
  4. ^ "Anne Tabachnick". Figurative Expressionism. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  5. ^ Kingsley, April (November 17, 2000). "Anne Tabachnick: Learning from the Past". Lori Bookstein Fine Art. Archived from the original on 2007-08-27. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 

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