Untitled (Standing Female Nude)
This spare graphite drawing of a female nude torn from a spiral notebook is one of hundreds that Louise Nevelson created—almost compulsively—between 1929 and 1934, early in her artistic career, when she was experimenting with different media. Incorporating large areas of blank paper, her reductive and distorted treatment of human anatomy emphasizes the two-dimensionality of the picture plane. This flattening effect is counterbalanced, however, by the dynamism of her jagged line and the figure’s monumentality.
Graphite on medium, white, smooth, wove paper
sheet: 16 15/16 x 13 7/8 in. (43 x 35.2 cm) (show scale)
Signed in graphite, lower center: "Nevelson"
On verso, inscribed in graphite: "S.S. Goldberg / 521 5th Ave / N.Y.C. / $25"
Gift of Samuel Goldberg in memory of his parents, Sophie and Jacob Goldberg, and his brother, Hyman Goldberg
Prior to 1978, provenance not yet documented; by 1978, acquired by Samuel Goldberg of New York, NY; 1978, gift of Samuel Goldberg to the Brooklyn Museum.
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Louise Nevelson (American, born Ukraine, 1899-1988). Untitled (Standing Female Nude), ca. 1932-1934. Graphite on medium, white, smooth, wove paper, sheet: 16 15/16 x 13 7/8 in. (43 x 35.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Samuel Goldberg in memory of his parents, Sophie and Jacob Goldberg, and his brother, Hyman Goldberg, 78.277.4. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 78.277.4_IMLS_PS3.jpg)
overall, 78.277.4_IMLS_PS3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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