Unidentified Woman: Silhouette
Hollow-cut beige paper with black textile underlay, and black ink and watercolor
frame: 5 3/8 x 4 5/8 x 5/8 in. ( 13.7 x 11.7 x 1.6 cm ) image: 3 11/16 x 2 7/8 in. ( 9.4 x 7.3 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" inscribed in crayon: on back of frame: "GALLERY III" inscribed in pencil: on back o
Silhouette: Half-length female figure in right-facing profile; head hollow-cut by hand from brown paper with black textile backing; painted costume consisting of ochre dress with wide collar and pink ribbon tie below chin; linear detailing in black ink; 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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