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Alfred Henry Maurer
Head with Green Dress

1922-24

About the Item

Alfred H. Maurer emerged as an influential crucial figure in the art scene of late 19th-century America, gaining widespread recognition for his innovative Fauvist approach characterized by vibrant colors and expressive brushwork. Departing from his renowned portraits and genre paintings, he delved into Fauvist landscapes, still lifes, and depictions of anonymous individuals. His distinctive technique relied on saturated colors rather than precise lines or forms, allowing him to convey a profound psychological intensity through dynamic, flowing strokes. As he matured as an artist, Maurer pioneered American cubism, adopting a progressively more expressive and abstract style. Among his most celebrated and recognizable works is Two Heads, part of his "Two Sister" series. These cubistic and stylized portraits painted from live models echoed the era's fascination with African masks, a motif also present in the works of Pablo Picasso and Amedeo Modigliani. This beguiling portrait certainly shows the influence of the latter and represents an approach to post-impressionism which was uncommon in Maurer’s work.
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