This plaster sculpture features the twisting form of a nude woman. The Cubist treatment of the body and the emphasis on her eyes recalls the masked faces of the women in Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907, in the Museum of Modern Art, while the treatment of her hair is reminiscent of Matisse’s early figurative sculpture including Reclining Nude I, 1907, in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
Weber initially modeled this figure in 1917, creating this plaster enlargement circa 1948 and casting it in bronze in a series of three, one of which is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Estate of the Artist;
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