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Portrait of Anna Marie Merkel

© Estate of Isamu Noguchi / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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© Estate of Isamu Noguchi / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Estate of Isamu Noguchi / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Estate of Isamu Noguchi / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Estate of Isamu Noguchi / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Isamu Noguchi

American, 1904-1988

Portrait of Anna Marie Merkel, 1929

bronze

Edition: 1st cast

overall: 13 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 8 inches (34.29 x 20.95 x 20.32 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Fellows for Life Fund, 1931

1931:1

More Details

Inscriptions

signature / back, base of neck / I. N.
monogram / back, base of neck / I within a circle

Provenance

the artist;
sold through Marie Sterner Galleries, New York to the Albright Art Gallery, January 11, 1931

Class

Sculpture

Work Type

Cast (sculpture)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Throughout his lifetime, Isamu Noguchi dedicated himself to creating subtle, yet bold, sculptural works in advance of a new modern tradition. In 1929 he returned to New York after living in Paris and turned to making portraits in order to support himself. The artist recounted in his 1968 autobiography that around this time “there was nothing to do but make heads. It was a matter of eating, and this was the only way I knew of making money.” Through this process, Noguchi encountered many individuals who became lifelong friends, including the renowned choreographer Martha Graham (American, 1894–1991) and architect Buckminster Fuller.

Label from Picasso: The Artist and His Models, November 5, 2016–February 19, 2017

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