Laverne Nelson Black
(1887 - 1938)
Laverne Nelson Black was active/lived in New Mexico, Illinois, Wisconsin. Laverne Black is known for Indian-western genre painting, illustration.
Biography Laverne Nelson Black
Born in Viola, Wisconsin, Laverne Black became a painter and sculptor
of western genre. His style combined Impressionism and Modernism,
and he did not receive much attention for his work during his lifetime
but was much appreciated later for his pictorial record of western
He was the son of an innkeeper, and as a child, often
played with Indian boys from the local Kickapoo reservation. From
these experiences, he acquired great interest in Indian legends and
traditions, which he began painting on his own, using natural materials
such as berry juices for paints.
His family sold their hotel
business and moved to Chicago where he received his only formal
training, which was at the Chicago Academy of Fi
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