Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe


Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe


Untitled (Blue and Pink Doll)

Blue yarn doll with bright pink cloth bottoms and a pink bonnet with dark gray hair coming out at the top, above two button eyes.

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Nellie Mae Rowe, American, 1900–1982


before 1978


Cloth, yarn, fiber stuffing, acrylic wig, and buttons


21 x 8 x 8 inches


Gift of Judith Alexander

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© Estate of Nellie Mae Rowe/High Museum of Art, Atlanta.


Rowe’s earlier memories of making art included the dolls she created for the amusement of herself and her siblings. This doll is atypical, standing apart from the others seen later in the show, because of how she crocheted its body. The indigo-blue yarn and magenta fabric she chose for it matches the vibrant color schemes she favored in her later drawing.