This sensitive bronze sculpture of a female face (self portrait?) attributed to Minna Harkovy was probably created during the late 1920's or the Depression Era, early 1930's. A rich chocolate patina covers the piece with some silver and gold highlights. The expression is meditative. Minna Harkavy was a highly regarded sculptor and artist for the WPA Federal Arts Project. Her work is in the collections of major museums throughout the world. See below. Very few pieces are in private hands.
From her obituary in the New York Times: Miss Harkavy was born in Estonia in 1887, and emigrated with her family to the United States around 1900. With the exception of the 1920's and early 30's, when she joined the many expatriate American artists living in Paris, she was a resident of New York City for most of her life.
Many of her often oversized sculptures of heads or figures in stone, bronze and clay reflected her social and political concerns. One of her best-known creations, ''The Miners,'' is at the Museum of Modern Art. Her works were exhibited widely in the United States and Europe between the 1930's and 1960's, and several of her pieces are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad and the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.
Her works were featured in a recent show at New York's ACA Gallery, commemorating the now-defunct New York Society of Women Artists. Miss Harkavy was among the founders of the group, which was devoted to avant-garde women artists. She also taught sculpture for many years in her penthouse studio at the Ansonia Hotel, and did many commissioned busts. Please view the photographs; they are part of the description.
DIMENSIONS: 8 3/4" H x 6" W x 7" D
WEIGHT: 6 lbs 8.7 oz.
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Attributed to Minna Harkovy
Bronze Mask of a Woman