Lilian Westcott Hale (1881-1963)

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  • LILIAN WESTCOTT HALE (1881-1963)
  • Portrait of a Lady (The Veil)
  • Pencil and charcoal on paper
  • 9 x 7 inches
  • Hale's light touch and skilled handling of charcoal is readily apparent in such works as Portrait of a Lady (The Veil). The softly rendered, delicate features of the woman are offset against the texture of the paper, which Hale has worked over to produce an eerie and etherial sense of distance between the viewer and the subject. Hale's mixed treatment of graphite and charcoal produces the suggestion of diffuse light, a recurring motif in many of her paintings and drawings. While Hale's marks on paper are sketch-like and in-exhaustive, each gesture suggests a high level of detail; this dichotomy crystalizes her works somewhere between realized and imagined form, while her commensurate skill in both painting and drawing confirms her place as a talented exemplar of American Impressionism.

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