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Artist:
David Levine, 20 Dec 1926 - 29 Dec 2009  Search this
Sitter:
Gertrude Stein, 3 Feb 1874 - 27 Jul 1946  Search this
Medium:
Pen, ink and pencil on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 34.8 x 27.8cm (13 11/16 x 10 15/16")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1966
Exhibition Label:
This was one of the 3,800 drawings that David Levine created for the New York Review of Books. It originally illustrated “A Portrait of Gertrude Stein,” an essay by Virgil Thomson that was based on his autobiography. Levine’s pen-and-ink drawing captures Stein at the height of her literary fame, posed in medallion-like profile. Her hair is clipped close to her skull, her nose is exaggerated, and she wears a man-tailored suit. This pose was codified in photographs taken after 1926 (when Toklas cut Stein’s hair) by a string of “official” photographers: Man Ray, George Platt Lynes, Carl Van Vechten, and the press photographers assigned to cover her U.S. lecture tour. Levine’s Stein is defined, not by her setting or her accessories, but by her expressive physiognomy, the caricaturist’s stock-in-trade.
Topic:
Gertrude Stein: Female  Search this
Gertrude Stein: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
Gertrude Stein: Literature\Writer\Librettist  Search this
Gertrude Stein: Visual Arts\Art Collector  Search this
Gertrude Stein: Literature\Writer\Novelist  Search this
Gertrude Stein: Visual Arts\Art Patron  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
EXH.GS.109
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4f453c8b4-e3be-4f7d-8210-c36665598eb8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_EXH.GS.109