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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Sculpture: 20th century: (Bust Portrait of a Woman)
(Bust Portrait of a Woman)

(Bust Portrait of a Woman)
Laura Dreyfus Barney
cast and patinated plaster
20 5/8 x 19 3/8 x 12 1/4 in. (52.5 x 49.3 x 31.0 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mme. Yvonne Guehennec and Mr. William Huntington

Laura Dreyfus Barney’s Bust Portrait of a Woman shows a figure with her head turned slightly away. The woman holds up her bedclothes, exposing her shoulder and part of her breast. The reflection of light off the naturalistic modeling creates a sensual effect.

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