Charcoal and lithographic crayon on paper
Sheet: 45.7 x 61 cm (18 x 24 in.)
Gift of the Print Club of Cleveland in honor of Elizabeth Shearer 2018.300
© Estate of John Woodrow Wilson / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
The sitter in this drawing went on to become an artist herself.
This drawing depicts Nefertiti, a friend of artist John Wilson’s daughter. He created a series of portraits of young women during the 1970s, presenting them on a large scale and from a close-up perspective that countered the marginalization of black Americans in society. Here, Wilson drew with a waxy lithographic crayon to boldly outline Nefertiti’s face, emphasizing her determined but wary expression.
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