Portrait of a Woman (Lillian Dudley Owen)

  • Ahron Ben-Shmuel, Portrait of a Woman (Lillian Dudley Owen), ca. 1933, marble, wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Lillian Dudley Owen in memory of Adelyn D. Breeskin, 1986.61

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Ahron Ben-Shmuel carved this portrait of Lillian Dudley Owen in the early 1930s, possibly just before her marriage in 1934. Owen was a member of the Smithsonian National Board and founder of the Hospitality and Information Service, which provides assistance for diplomats in Washington, D.C. The portrait’s minimal detail and exaggerated features resemble archaic Greek sculpture, which the artist studied during his apprenticeship.

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“If the completed work gives the onlooker a fraction of the joy I had in the making of it he’ll be satisfied. And I will, too." Ahron Ben-Shmuel, Magazine of Art, 1940

Title
Portrait of a Woman (Lillian Dudley Owen)
Artists
Date
ca. 1933
On View
Dimensions
14 1/8 x 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (36.0 x 21.6 x 26.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Lillian Dudley Owen in memory of Adelyn D. Breeskin

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Keywords
  • Portrait female – Owen, Lillian Dudley – head
Object Number
1986.61
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