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Veiled Head IV

A work made of aquatint on ivory wove paper.
© Philip Hanson.

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  • A work made of aquatint on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1967

Artist:

Philip Hanson
American, born 1943

About this artwork

This small, sinister series of veiled heads reveals the influence of Philip Hanson’s fellow student and future spouse, Christina Ramberg, who is known for her studies of anonymous women with veiled or bound heads and hands. Hanson’s haunting faces are covered with rigid veils. The figures’ mouths, with feral, bared teeth, float impossibly in front of the veils, while fantastical nurse’s caps with adobe-style parapets, similar to the architectural facades in Pavilion Park, sit atop them. As the series progresses, the faces are obscured, leaving the hovering, ghostly visage of the veil as a dramatic afterimage.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Philip Hanson

Title

Veiled Head IV

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

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1967

Medium

Aquatint on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

Image/plate: 15.8 × 15.9 cm (6 1/4 × 6 5/16 in.); Sheet: 19.3 × 19.6 cm (7 5/8 × 7 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior bequest of Vera Berdich

Reference Number

2008.530

Copyright

© Philip Hanson.

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