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Portrait of a Woman (Lillian Dudley Owen)

ca. 1933 Ahron Ben-Shmuel Born: New York, New York 1903 Died: Jerusalem, Israel 1984 Tennessee marble on wood base 14 1/8 x 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (36.0 x 21.6 x 26.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Lillian Dudley Owen in memory of Adelyn D. Breeskin 1986.61 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 48A


Luce Center Quote

“If the completed work gives the onlooker a fraction of the joy I had in the making of it he’ll be satisfied. And I will, too." Ahron Ben-Shmuel, Magazine of Art, 1940

Luce Center Label

Ahron Ben-Shmuel carved this portrait of Lillian Dudley Owen in the early 1930s, possibly just before her marriage in 1934. Owen was a member of the Smithsonian National Board and founder of the Hospitality and Information Service, which provides assistance for diplomats in Washington, D.C. The portrait’s minimal detail and exaggerated features resemble archaic Greek sculpture, which the artist studied during his apprenticeship.

Keywords

Portrait female - Owen, Lillian Dudley - head

sculpture

stone - marble

wood

About Ahron Ben-Shmuel

Born: New York, New York 1903 Died: Jerusalem, Israel 1984