Hazel Belvo: A Matriarch of Art

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Hazel Belvo: A Matriarch of Art by Julie L’Enfant

Dimensions: 12 x 9, 256 pages, 275 color and b/w images

ISBN: 978-1-890434-95-3

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Hazel Belvo has been an influential artist, art educator, and feminist leader for more than fifty years. Her prodigious output ranges from delicate drawings to monumental paintings exploring nature, spirituality, and the feminine psyche. She is best known for over four hundred works on the legendary Spirit Little Cedar Tree in northern Minnesota. No other artist has explored this sacred Ojibwe site in such depth.

This book explores Belvo’s childhood in Ohio, her introduction to New York in the 1960s, and her friendships and relationships, particularly with the abstract artist George Morrison. Her strong sense of place is seen in works that take the reader across the United States and Europe.

Feminism is a dominant theme, and we learn of Belvo’s feminist-based teaching on the East Coast and in Minnesota. The way she has intertwined art and life is extraordinary, and her work of the twenty-first century synthesizes all that has gone before into formidable statements of affirmation.

Art historian Julie L’Enfant presents an engaging story based on more than thirty-five interviews with the artist as well as abundant previously unpublished material. Illustrated with over two hundred color plates and numerous black-and-white drawings and photographs, this book establishes the contributions of a remarkable woman to American cultural history.

Art historian Julie L’Enfant has written several books on Minnesota artists for Afton Press, including Pioneer Modernists: Minnesota’s First Generation of Women Artists and Nicholas R. Brewer: His Art and Family. She was a professor of art history at the College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota.

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