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Composition with Three Women
22.5'' x 15''
Pen and ink on paper
1950

This drawing depicts three women in three different postures: full frontal, profile and rear facing. Cortor’s hatchmark style of lines not only gives the figures’ skin texture but provides a sense of depth to the drawing. This sense of directionality, depth and perspective is further enhanced by the artist’s placement of each figure — one in the foreground, one in the middle and one in the background. Many of Cortor’s paintings typically feature elongated nude figures in private settings with references to traditional African art and Surrealism. He is also known for using African American women as a regular theme in his work, unlike many artists of his time.