Ideal Head of a Girl with Long Hair, Elie Nadelman

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

The sculptor Elie Nadelman was born in Warsaw. Early in his career he traveled to Paris where he met Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse and had several successful one-person shows. With the outbreak of World War I, Nadelman moved to New York City where his popularity continued to grow. After he lost most of his wealth in the stock market crash of 1929, he became reclusive and did not participate in exhibitions. Only after his death in 1946 did his work regain the recognition it had earned early in his career. Today, Nadelman is considered a pioneer of American modern sculpture. His style, a combination of the ancient classicism of Hellenistic sculptures, the sinuous line of Art Nouveau and the simplicity of American folk art, is reflected in Ideal Head of a Girl with Long Hair.

Object Creator
Nadelman, Elie (American, 20th century)
Object Creation Date
ca. 1916
Object Type
14.75 x 8.5 x 10 "
Gift of Charles and Mary Magriel, supplemented by a gift from the Fine Arts Council and Museum Purchase Funds
Accession Number
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