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Head of a Woman
11.5" x 8.5"
Tempera on board
1938

Head of a Woman is indicative of Charles Sebree’s style in which he uses washes and planes of muted color and black aqueous line to delineate elements of his figures. Also a noted playwright, set designer and director of the Chicago Renaissance, Sebree’s portraits primarily featured harlequins. They exemplify the Modernist influence, specifically the work of Picasso and Modigliani, and this particular work shares striking similarities to Picasso’s acclaimed work Woman in White (1923). Characterized for their expressive eyes and blocky forms, Sebree’s figures also reference his interest in Byzantine icons.