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Drawing for "City of Dreadful Night"
  • Ben Shahn
    1898–1969
    born: Kovno, Russian Empire (present-day Kaunas, Lithuania) ; died: New York, New York, United States ; active: United States
  • Drawing for "City of Dreadful Night", 1951
  • Where object was made: United States
  • pencil
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 87.5 x 73.9 cm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 34 7/16 x 29 1/8 in
    Frame Dimensions: 37 x 31 1/2 x 2 in
    Weight: 20 lbs
  • Gift of The Honorable Joseph P. Carroll and Roberta Carroll, M.D.
  • Not on display
  • 1999.0184
Description

Abstract drawing of a disembodied head, lionized, hovering about two classicized heads or busts on pedestals or capitals. Another head and an abstract design are set between these last two elements. Paper mounted on linen canvas, on stretcher, keyed and reinforced horizontal plank.