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ca. 1915-1916 Carl Newman Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1858 Died: Abington, Pennsylvania 1932 oil on canvas mounted on fiberboard 16 1/4 x 22 in. (41.3 x 55.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Anna McCleery Newton 1968.121.4 Not currently on view

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Carl Newman experimented with color by grinding his own pigments to make vibrant hues. He enjoyed painting nude figures and often surrounded his models with blocks of color to create semiabstract compositions. The figure’s bare skin echoes the colors around her so that she appears to blend in with the background, and the blurred outlines and scumbled brushstrokes create a warmly colored, womblike environment.


Figure female - full length

Figure female - nude


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

fiberboard - support added