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Woman's Head

n.d. Moissaye Marans Born: Kishinev, Romania 1902 Died: New York, New York 1977 limestone 17 1/4 x 13 1/2 x 9 1/4 in. (43.9 x 34.2 x 23.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Moissaye Marans 1978.38.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 48A

Luce Center Quote

“. . . I believe that all creative work must be spiritual.” Moissaye Marans, New York Times, 1975

Luce Center Label

Moissaye Marans began carving at a young age and throughout his career created sculptures from exotic woods, marble, and limestone. He was inspired by religious themes, and many of his pieces illustrate the ideals of peace and harmony. The huddled figure in Woman’s Head could symbolize birth or creation, suggesting innocence and freedom from conflict.


Figure female - head


stone - limestone