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Head of a Girl

© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019. Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

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In 'Head of a Girl', Dobrinsky portrays a young girl, probably an orphan, whose tight-lipped mouth is sealed like a closed box. Her fixed stare and adult expression appear to express disenchantment, perhaps with the harshness of life. In contrast to her dark expression and bare surroundings, the painter uses a light, luminous palette and lively brushstrokes. Dobrinsky began his artistic life as a sculptor in Kiev, but settled in Paris in 1912, where he became a painter.

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum



oil on board


H 33 x W 27 cm

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presented by Mrs Goldstein, 1945

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