Head of a Woman

Maker and role
Artist: Elie Nadelman, American, born Poland, 1882-1946
ca. 1918-ca. 1925

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Limestone with pigment
height, 15in (38.1cm)
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Museum purchase with the Helen and Everett H. Jones Purchase Fund
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Further information
Observe a fusion of classical influences and American folk traditions in Elie Nadelman's limestone head. In keeping with his admiration for folk art, the artist incorporates blue pigment and a textured surface around the woman's elegant hairstyle. In contrast, the white limestone and crisp, delicate features of the eyes, nose, and mouth recall ancient Greek sculptures. Notice a simple elegance yet detachment in Nadelman's figures.
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