Unidentified Woman: Silhouette
Hollow-cut beige paper with black textile underlay and black paper overmat, and black ink, watercolor, and gouache
frame: 11 3/8 x 9 1/4 x 3/4 in. ( 28.9 x 23.5 x 1.9 cm ) image height: 8 3/8 x 6 3/8 in. ( 21.3 x 16.2 cm )
stamped: on back of frame: "THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY / FOLK ARTS COLLECTION / November 17, 1937" typewritten label: on back of frame: "Unidentified / Silhouette"
Silhouette: Three-quarter-length female figure in right-facing profile; black-painted dress with collar drawn in graphite on white paper with rounded corners, the head hollow-cut and backed with black textile (silk?); decoratively cut black paper border applied over silhouette; rectangular wood frame.
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Elie Nadelman, Museum of Folk Arts, Riverdale-on-Hudson, Bronx, New York
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