Profile of a Woman with Gesturing Hand

Profile of a Woman with Gesturing Hand
Oskar Schlemmer (German, 1888-1943)
c. 1932
Watercolor and ink on paper 
21 x 15 in. ( 53.3 x 38.1 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Partial Museum Purchase and partial gift of The Robert Gore Rifkind Collection 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Museum 
Not on View

Schlemmer was a painter, sculptor, stage designer, and writer. His interest in Cubism led to abstract experiments; by 1916 he had developed his own individual conception of the human figure. He taught at the Bauhaus from 1920 to 1929, first as master of the sculpture workshop, and later as the head of the stage workshop. After his art was declared degenerate by the Nazis in 1937, he became a house painter in Stuttgart and later worked at a painting factory.


Breslau, Schlesisches Museum der bildenden Künste, inv. no. 24787, October 1932, as Frauenkopf, claimed 10 July 1937 by “Entartete Kunst” commission.
[Galerie Fritz C. Valentien, Stuttgart, sold 1946 to];
Ewald W. Schnitzer (1909-1999), Los Angeles, and later Riverside, CA.
[Heritage Gallery, Los Angeles];
(sale, Hamburg, Hauswedell & Nolte, 5 June 1975, no. 1610, color ill., as Profil);
Robert Gore Rifkind, Beverly Hills, 1977 to;
Norton Simon Museum.

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