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Head of a Woman

1933 Waylande Gregory Born: Baxter Springs, Kansas 1905 Died: Elizabeth, New Jersey 1971 terra cotta on glazed ware base 23 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 13 3/8 in. (59.7 x 29.1 x 34.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of International Business Machines Corporation 1966.27.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 48A

Luce Center Quote

"Nature . . . transforms raw clay into vitreous stone; powdered glaze into lava and crystal; pasty colors into ringing hues; earthy clamminess into cool and sonorous vitreous ceramic." Waylande Gregory, American Artist, September 1944

Luce Center Label

Waylande Gregory created many sculptures of figures and heads throughout his career, including portraits of Albert Einstein, Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty, and Henry Fonda. Head of a Woman was modeled in 1933, possibly just after the artist moved to New Jersey, and depicts an unidentified sitter. The use of unglazed terra-cotta, a waterproof earthenware used in bricks, suggests that Gregory may have been experimenting with outdoor sculpture.


Figure female - head


ceramic - terra cotta