Woman's Head

Wilhelm Lehmbruck, German, 1881 - 1919

Geography:
Made in Europe

Date:
c. 1914

Medium:
Cast cement

Dimensions:
15 1/2 x 10 7/16 x 7 1/8 inches (39.4 x 26.5 x 18.1 cm) with base: 17 1/2 × 12 × 7 1/2 inches (44.5 × 30.5 × 19.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2002-90-1

Credit Line:
Bequest of Frank E. Freeman in memory of his mother Clara Belle Freeman, 2003

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Provenance

Possibly with Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, Berlin and Düsseldorf [1]. Possibly with Curt Valentin, Buchholz Gallery, New York [2]. Frank E. Freeman, Villanova, PA (1908-2001); bequest to PMA, 2002. 1. The sculpture bears a partially obscured Flechtheim label that probably would have read in its entirety "Galerien Flechtheim / Berlin W10 Lützowufer 13 / Düsseldorf Königsallee 34”, indicating that the sculpture was at least exhibited there if not part of the gallery's stock. It may have been included in the exhibition at the Berlin branch, "Weihnachten 1931: Wilhelm Lehmbruck zu seinem 50. Geburtstag, 4. Januar 1881," December 13, 1931-mid-January 1932, no. 7 ("Kopf der Sinnenden," Stein, 1913/14) (see installation photo in catalogue). Flechtheim closed his galleries in Berlin and Düsseldorf in 1933 and moved first to Paris and then London. 2. A partial label on the sculpture that reads "NY 53[8 or 5?]. / Wilhelm Leh[mbruck] / Kopf der Sinnend[en]. I / Thinki[ng] girl / Stone....” may come from the Curt Valentin's Buchholz Gallery. Valentin worked for Flechtheim in Berlin after 1927, organizing exhibitions and co-editing the gallery’s magazine Omnibus. He opened the Buchholz Gallery in New York in 1937, and frequently exhibited sculptures by Lehmbruck with such general titles as "Head of a Girl, 1913-14" or "Head of Thinking Girl," described as "stone" or "cast stone" (for example, in 1937 and 1939); however these are not illustrated and often the dimensions are not supplied.