Like many modernist portraits, this drawing displays dynamic tensions between illusionistic three-dimensionality and the flatness of the paper support, between representation and abstraction, and between individualization and idealization. George Ault reduced the forms of the head into simplified shapes, creating passages of shading that contrast starkly with the large areas of blank paper.
- Artist: George Copeland Ault, American, 1891-1948
- Medium: Graphite on paper
- Dates: 1927
- Dimensions: sheet: 15 5/8 x 13 5/16 in. (39.7 x 33.8 cm) image: 8 1/4 x 6 5/8 in. (21 x 16.8 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right in graphite: "G. C. Ault '27"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 81.250.1
- Credit Line: Gift of Maurice Vanderwoude in memory of Louise Ault
- Rights Statement: Orphaned work
- Caption: George Copeland Ault (American, 1891-1948). Girl's Head, 1927. Graphite on paper, sheet: 15 5/8 x 13 5/16 in. (39.7 x 33.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Maurice Vanderwoude in memory of Louise Ault, 81.250.1
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)