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Female Head, Full Face

A work made of drypoint on heavy cream wove paper.

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  • A work made of drypoint on heavy cream wove paper.




Elie Nadelman
American, born Poland, 1885-1946

About this artwork

Born in Warsaw, sculptor Elie Nadelman developed an early interest in classical statuary that remained evident in his work even as he moved toward Cubsim. He became an important figure of the Parisian avant-garde before emigrating to the United States at the outbreak of World War I and setting up his studio in the Bronx. In this delicate drypoint, approximately 40 curved lines, enhanced with directional shading, are all that Nadelman needed to create the sculptural head and face. The blank eyes are reminiscent of carved marble statuary, while the velvety lines particular to the drypoint medium give the image a satisfyingly tactile presence.


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Elie Nadelman


Female Head, Full Face


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Drypoint on heavy cream wove paper


Plate: 17.7 × 15 cm (7 × 5 15/16 in.); Sheet: 24.4 × 21 cm (9 5/8 × 8 5/16 in.)

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Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

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