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Etude pour un Portrait

Accession Number
2008/2.359.2

Title
Etude pour un Portrait

Artist(s)
Fernand Léger

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1940

Medium & Support
graphite and crayon on paper

Dimensions
15 9/16 in x 12 1/2 in x 7/8 in (39.53 cm x 31.75 cm x 2.22 cm);15 9/16 in x 12 1/2 in x 7/8 in (39.53 cm x 31.75 cm x 2.22 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Gilbert M. Frimet

Subject matter
This drawing is likely a study for a portrait of Mrs. Maud Dale, wife of American businessman and art collector Christopher Dale, who commissioned Léger to make the portrait.

Physical Description
A small drawing of a woman in upper left portion of a sheet of paper.  The woman wears a green dress with a black and white scarf draped over her left shoulder.  Behind her is a chair to the right and orange and blue curtains. Through the curtains, an urban scene is visible. The drawing is outlined in black.

Primary Object Classification
Drawing

Primary Object Type
preparatory drawing

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
commissions (orders for works)
portraits
preparatory drawings
women (female humans)

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