Woman in Profile
Minerva Chapman crafted this bravura portrait of an unidentified woman (possibly a self-portrait) with an intuitive understanding of the properties of the powdery charcoal medium applied to textured paper. She modeled forms tonally through sfumato, or smoky effects, reserving blank areas of paper for highlights. By turning the woman’s face away from the viewer, Chapman conveyed a sense of her privacy and inner life rather than revealing her personality, as in a conventional portrait.
- Artist: Minerva Josephine Chapman, American, 1858-1947
- Medium: Charcoal on cream, medium-weight, moderately textured laid paper with two watermarks
- Dates: n.d.
- Dimensions: Sheet: 22 1/8 x 16 3/4 in. (56.2 x 42.5 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Unsigned
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 77.272
- Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morse G. Dial, Jr.
- Rights Statement: © Estate of Minerva Josephine Chapman
- Caption: Minerva Josephine Chapman (American, 1858-1947). Woman in Profile, n.d. Charcoal on cream, medium-weight, moderately textured laid paper with two watermarks, Sheet: 22 1/8 x 16 3/4 in. (56.2 x 42.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morse G. Dial, Jr., 77.272. © Estate of Minerva Josephine Chapman
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)