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Study of a Head

John Henry Twachtman

American Art

Like Thomas Wilmer Dewing, John Henry Twachtman found pastel to be a medium sympathetic to his own preference for subtly suggestive rather than firmly defined forms. Guided here by some restrained passages of pencil outline, he described his model’s head using areas of delicately blended tones and economically touched highlights.
MEDIUM Pastel with touches of graphite on commercially prepared paperboard
DATES ca. 1888-1895
DIMENSIONS 14 7/8 x 15 3/8 in. (37.8 x 39.1 cm) Framed: 22 7/8 x 16 7/8 in. (58.1 x 42.9 cm)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "JHT"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Museum Surplus Fund
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