Head of a Woman

  • Waylande Gregory, Head of a Woman, 1933, terra cotta on glazed ware base, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of International Business Machines Corporation, 1966.27.3

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.

Luce Object 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

Title
Head of a Woman
Artist
Date
1933
Location
Dimensions
23 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 13 3/8 in. (59.7 x 29.1 x 34.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of International Business Machines Corporation

Mediums
Mediums Description
terra cotta on glazed ware base
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – head
Object Number
1966.27.3
Palette
Linked Open Data
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