Portrait of Clara Fasano

Media - 1973.32.2 - SAAM-1973.32.2_1 - 52489
Copied Joseph Stella, Portrait of Clara Fasano, 1943, pastel on paper, sheet: 27 1815 in. (68.938.1 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1973.32.2
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Artwork Details

Portrait of Clara Fasano
Not on view
sheet: 27 1815 in. (68.938.1 cm)
Credit Line
Transfer from the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Mediums Description
pastel on paper
  • Portrait female — Fasano, Clara — bust
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Artwork Description

Stella drew his friend Clara Fasano on numerous occasions, creating casual studies and posed portraits such as this bold, formal image. Her fashionable hat, flowing black veil, and dramatic red lips and scarf clearly place her in the 1940s. The strong outlines of her face and jacket suggest a self-assured, modern woman. One of America’s foremost modernist artists, Stella retained strong ties to his Italian roots as well as to the traditions of the old masters. Even when drawing his friends, he preferred a strict profile view, reminiscent of the early Italian Renaissance tradition.

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009