Elie Nadelman

Elie Nadelman
Head in Profile
ca. 1920
Ink and graphite on paper
10 7/16 x 7 13/16 inches (26.5 x 19.8 cm)
Gift of Cynthia Nadelman.
Copyright Estate of Elie Nadelman

Polish-born Elie Nadelman created works that blend the formal refinement of modernism with the simplicity of folk art--which he avidly collected. Trained in Paris during the height of cubism, this prolific draftsman developed a style of figures at once geometrical and lyrical, made of curves and counter-curves, of which the present drawing--a gift of the artist's grand-daughter--is a characteristic example. It relates notably to a group of female heads in profile (often wearing a bun) that Nadelman drew during the summer of 1920 in a shorthand manner that has been described as his "flapper" style.

Cynthia Nadelman.
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