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Portrait of a Girl

Accession Number
1983/1.172

Title
Portrait of a Girl

Artist(s)
Sigmund Abeles

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1970

Medium & Support
etching on paper

Dimensions
17 1/16 in x 13 11/16 in (43.34 cm x 34.77 cm);17 1/16 in x 13 11/16 in (43.34 cm x 34.77 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Marvin Felheim Collection

Subject matter
Emeritus Professor of Art at the University of New Hampshire, Sigmund Abeles is a figurative artist known for his psychological portraits. According to Abeles, his work "has an expressionist quality with psychological overtones; it might be called 'expressive realism' or 'psychological realism'. When I look at a figure, I don't see just form—I see who the person is and what the person is feeling." This etching, with its close-up view of the girl's face, focuses attention to the sitter's facial expression, reflecting her physical and psychological presence.

Physical Description
At the center of print is a rondel with a bust of a woman. The figure has an afro and wears hoop earrings; she gazes off to her left. The print is signed (l.r) "S. Abeles" and numbered (l.l.) "59/250" in pencil.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
African American
Figures
Portraits
earrings (jewelry)
girl
head
heads (animal components)
modern and contemporary art
portraits
women (female humans)

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