Head of a Woman

c. 1907-1908

Elie Nadelman, American, b. Warsaw, Poland, 1882–1946

Bronze, 13 1/2 x 8 1/8 x 11 in., 42 lb. (34.3 x 20.6 x 27.9 cm, 19.1 kg)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.3783

The Artist
Helena Rubinstein, New York and Paris (acquired from the Artist)
Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, sale 2428, Modern Paintings and Sculpture from the Helena Rubinstein Collection, 20 April 1966, no. 22, ill.
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 20 April 1966-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
GALERIE DRUET, Paris. "Elie Nadelman," 26 April-8 May 1909.
INTERNATIONAL GALLERY, New York. "Sculpture by Elie Nadelman from the Private Collection of Helena Rubinstein," 16 April-6 May 1932.
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION TRAVELING EXHIBITION SERVICE, Washington, DC. "Twentieth Century Sculptors and Their Drawings: Selections from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 1979-80," no. 40, pp. 50, 51. Tour: COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART, Ohio, 20 June-19 August 1979; COLUMBUS MUSEUM AND SCIENCE CENTER, Columbus, Georgia, 22 September-10 November; FLINT INSTITUTE OF ART, Michigan, 15 December-3 February 1980; SOCIETY OF FOUR ARTS, Palm Beach, Florida, 23 February-13 April; ANCHORAGE HISTORICAL AND FINE ARTS MUSEUM, 3 May-22 June; YELLOWSTONE ART CENTER, Billings, Montana, 26 July-23 September.
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York. "Elie Nadelman: Sculptor of Modern Life," 3 April-20 July 2003, cat.
JEWISH MUSEUM, New York. "Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power," 21 April-12 July 2015, color ill. p. 74.

Published References:
MURRELL, WILLIAM. Elie Nadelman (Woodstock, New York: William Fisher, 1923), nos. 8 and 9, ill.
MCBRIDE, HENRY. "Elie Nadelman," Creative Art 10/5 (May 1932), ill. p. 392.
SPEAR, ATHENA TACHA. "Elie Nadelman's Early Heads," Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin 38/3 (Spring 1971), p. 210, ill. 9, p. 212.
KIRSTEIN, LINCOLN. Elie Nadelman (New York: Eakins, 1973), no. 7, ill. 17.
UNSIGNED. "Highlights," National Sculpture Review 26/3 (Fall 1977).
MILLER, SANDA. Constantin Brancusi: A Survey of His Work (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995), no. 104, ill. p. 146.

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