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William E. Artis

Untitled
about 1946
marble
18 x 7 1/2 x 11 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Artis usually worked in clay; this marble bust is one of his few ventures into stone carving. His idealized head of a young woman is a lively play of geometric and abstract patterns. At a time when many artists were concerned with social commentary and Africanized subjects, Artis sought to reveal the universal beauty of the human form.