Woman in Profile
Minerva Josephine Chapman
Minerva Chapman crafted this bravura portrait of an unidentified woman (possibly a self-portrait) with an intuitive understanding of the properties of the powdery charcoal medium applied to textured paper. She modeled forms tonally through sfumato, or smoky effects, reserving blank areas of paper for highlights. By turning the woman’s face away from the viewer, Chapman conveyed a sense of her privacy and inner life rather than revealing her personality, as in a conventional portrait.
Charcoal on cream, medium-weight, moderately textured laid paper with two watermarks
Sheet: 22 1/8 x 16 3/4 in. (56.2 x 42.5 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morse G. Dial, Jr.
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Minerva Josephine Chapman (American, 1858-1947). Woman in Profile, n.d. Charcoal on cream, medium-weight, moderately textured laid paper with two watermarks, Sheet: 22 1/8 x 16 3/4 in. (56.2 x 42.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morse G. Dial, Jr., 77.272. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 77.272_IMLS_PS4.jpg)
overall, 77.272_IMLS_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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