Three Sisters with an African Sculpture (Les Trois sœurs à la sculpture africaine)

This tall and narrow panel shows three sisters clustered together in an interior space. Only one sister looks out to the view with simple, striking eyes. In front of her is an elongated frame of the standing sister whose height is accentuated by her flowing drapery. The seated sister is absorbed in the open book in her lap. Her splayed feet frame and octagonal, moroccan inspired table which is visually aligned with the abstract African sculpture proudly standing on the mantel in the background. The rear walls of the apartment have be rendered in a de-materialized into a cascade of color, freely brushed with vigorous, gestural strokes.

Original Medium: Oil on canvas

Original Size: 77 1/8 x 38 1/4 in.

Date: 1917

Location: Barnes Foundation

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