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"Woman, Hand to Chin" by Ben Benn, Amer., (1884-1983)
Regular price $750
Pencil Drawing, 1916, 13-1/4 x 8 (sight), signed & dated in pencil, small smudge at right shoulder, a few discreet handling creases, on cream wove paper. Ben Benn had a career spanning eight decades, and lived to the age of 99. He studied from 1904-8 at the National Academy of Design, and gained attention in a 1913 show held by Alfred Stieglitz; exhibiting with Max Weber and May Ray. In 1916, the year of Woman, Hand to Chin, Benn was included in the seminal and select Forum Gallery Exhibition of Modern American Painters, considered by many the most important exhibition of modern art after the 1913 Armory Show. In 1925 his first solo exhibition was held at B. J. Newman's Gallery. Benn favored bold brushwork and the bright colors of the fauves, and occasionally approached abstraction. The subject of this forceful and candid portrait, presently unknown, actively engages the viewer with her direct, contemplative gaze. A fine signed drawing from the decade when the artist entered the vanguard of American Modernism.