Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe


Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe


Untitled (Judith Alexander Doll)

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Object Details


Nellie Mae Rowe, American, 1900–1982




Cloth, fiber stuffing, glass, plastic, mother of pearl, wire, wig, pigment, and wood rocking chair


37 1/2 x 17 x 8 1/2 inches


Gift of Judith Alexander

Accession #

2001.6 a-b

Image Copyright

(c) Estate of Nellie Mae Rowe/High Museum of Art, Atlanta


“I bet I wasn’t ten years old when I made my first doll,” Nellie Mae Rowe once said. “Sometimes when I ought to have been in the fields, I’d hide and go make dolls. I’d take up all the dirty clothes, tie them up, pack their heads full of soft stockings, and make eyes for them. I made some to look like people.” The year before she died, Rowe created this affectionate portrait of her close friend and art dealer, Judith Alexander.