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Untitled (Standing Female Nude)

Louise Nevelson

Contemporary Art

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.
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 Contemporary 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
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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
IMAGE overall, 78.277.4_IMLS_PS3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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