Abstraction evokes the entangled forms of two figures in an embrace using a Cubist language of faceted geometric shapes and patterned hatchings. Abraham Walkowitz probably took his inspiration from a drawing by Pablo Picasso that was exhibited at Alfred Stieglitz’s progressive 291 gallery in New York. Like many modernists, Walkowitz used the human figure as a vehicle for aesthetic experimentation.
- Artist: Abraham Walkowitz, American, born Siberia, 1878-1965
- Medium: Graphite on medium, cream, moderately textured, laid paper
- Dates: 1912
- Dimensions: Sheet: 19 x 12 5/8 in. (48.3 x 32.1 cm) (show scale)
- Markings: Round stamp embossed at upper right: "STRATHMORE / PAPER" around thistle
- Signature: Signed in ink, lower right: "A. WALKOWITZ 1912"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 39.655
- Credit Line: Gift of the artist
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Abraham Walkowitz (American, born Siberia, 1878-1965). Abstraction, 1912. Graphite on medium, cream, moderately textured, laid paper, Sheet: 19 x 12 5/8 in. (48.3 x 32.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 39.655
- Record Completeness: Good (76%)