Elise Asher

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Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1914, Elise Asher studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Bradford Junior College, Boston College, and at Simmons College.

She began her career as a poet, culminating in a volume of her poetry entitled The Meandering Absolute . Upon her 1947 arrival in New York City, her attention turned to painting and sculpture. The Tanager Gallery mounted her first solo exhibition in 1953.

Asher was married to painter Nanno de Groot from 1949 to 1957. A year later she married poet Stanley Kunitz, whose work she often illustrated.

From the guide to the Elise Asher papers, 1923-1994, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Elise Asher papers, 1923-1994 Archives of American Art
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Bultman, Fritz, 1919-1985 person
associatedWith De Groot, Nanno, 1913-1964 person
associatedWith Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928- person
associatedWith Guston, Philip, 1913- person
associatedWith Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966 person
associatedWith Kunitz, Stanley, 1905- person
associatedWith Mailer, Norman person
associatedWith Motherwell, Robert person
associatedWith Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988 person
associatedWith Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970 person
associatedWith Stamos, Theodoros, 1922- person
associatedWith Tworkov, Jack person
associatedWith Vonnegut, Kurt person
associatedWith Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Women painters--New York (State)--New York


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