Head

  • Byron Browne, Head, 1938, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost, 1986.92.9

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At first glance, Byron Browne's Head appears frightening, with its menacing mouth and abstracted features. The pastel colors and the figure’s gaze, however, make it less intimidating and perhaps more human. Browne was greatly inspired by nature and felt his artwork should reflect what he saw in spite of his abstract style. The figure in Head also evokes a primitive mask.

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"I sometimes paint the object more, I sometimes paint the object less, but by all means I must paint the object." The artist, quoted in Levin, "Byron Browne: In the Context of Abstract Expressionism" (Arts Magazine, Summer 1985)
Title
Head
Artists
Date
1938
On View
Dimensions
14 x 12 in. (35.6 x 30.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
  • Figure – head
Object Number
1986.92.9
Palette
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