Head of a Girl

ca. 1905

Oil on canvas
Inv. No. SG 1138

25 × 21 cm

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One of the most prominent exponents of early Expressionism, the artist was torn between the Worpswede artists’ colony, with its strong connection to nature, and the urban avant-garde in Paris. Deeply impressed by the paintings of Paul Gauguin and Paul Cézanne, she reduced the pictorial space, flattening it. Her portraits of children betray her serious and unprettified perception of their facial features and expressions. Simplified, magnified forms dominate this likeness of around 1905, so that despite the small format and the detail-like concentration on the child’s head, it possesses a monumental quality.

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