Prints and Drawings
Artist: Angelika Hoerle, German, 1899–1923

Female Bust


Pen and ink, watercolor and graphite

13 3/8 × 11 3/16 in. (34 × 28.4 cm) not walled
Gift of Collection Société Anonyme
In the 1920s, German artist Angelika Hoerle exhibited at the Nierendorf Gallery in Cologne, where Katherine Dreier purchased this drawing, along with several other works, during a visit to Germany in 1922. Hoerle was known for her participation in the Cologne Dada exhibition at the Cologne Kunstverein in 1919, as well as her involvement with the Dada review Stupid 1 with Franz Seiwert and her husband, the artist Heinrich Hoerle, among others. The mannequin-like figure in this drawing suggests the influence of Max Ernst, who also participated in the Cologne Dada movement, though the elegant use of line and striking juxtaposition of black and white areas convey Hoerle’s unique visual language, shaped in part by her earlier career as a textile designer. Hoerle’s involvement in Cologne Dada was sadly cut short by her early death from tuberculosis in 1923.
Made in Germany
Modern, 20th century
Works on Paper - Drawings and Watercolors

Ruth L. Bohan et al., The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America, ed. Jennifer Gross, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 175, 194, ill.

Angelika Littlefield, Dorothy Rowe, and Sabine T. Kriebel, Angelika Hoerle: The Comet of Cologne Dada, ed. Catherine de Zegher, exh. cat. (Cologne: Walther Konig, 2009), 65, no. 9, pp. 66, 71, fig. 33.

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