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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.
- Artist: Louise Nevelson, American, born Russia, 1900-1988
- Medium: Graphite on medium, white, smooth, wove paper
- Dates: ca. 1932-1934
- Dimensions: sheet: 16 15/16 x 13 7/8 in. (43 x 35.2 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed in graphite, lower center: "Nevelson"
- Inscriptions: On verso, inscribed in graphite: "S.S. Goldberg / 521 5th Ave / N.Y.C. / $25"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 78.277.4
- Credit Line: Gift of Samuel Goldberg in memory of his parents, Sophie and Jacob Goldberg, and his brother, Hyman Goldberg
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- Caption: Louise Nevelson (American, born Russia, 1900-1988). 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
- Record Completeness: Good (66%)