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"Head of an Indian" by Joseph Stella, Amer., (1877-1946)
Brown ink pen and wash drawing , 10 x 8-1/2 (sight) signed in pencil lower right, some light handling creases, on buff colored wove paper. This deftly drawn portrait head by Joseph Stella is exemplary of his long and prolific practice of portraying the diversity of American society with the greatest empathy and solidarity. Stella most often found his subjects in public, as his many nuanced studies of immigrant character and the elderly attest; whether at leisure on a park bench after a days work, or as often down and out. With Stella, as with other artists of the past who comment on humanity, or a lack thereof, their work resonates anew with the social distress and differences which divide us today. Joseph Stella never failed to recognize and communicate the dignity of his subject as in this fine portrait study in profile of an older Indian man.