Sep 23, 2005
May 20, 2009

Portrait of a Young Girl

Portrait of a Young Girl


Eugene Edward Speicher

(American, 1883–1962)

Black crayon or charcoal, with stumping and scratching out

Support: Cream(1) wove paper discolored? around edges to cream-yellow

Sheet: 34.6 x 27.9 cm (13 5/8 x 11 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2000.24



Speicher's drawings, especially those in crayon or charcoal, have a directness of expression that combines stylized features with powerful emotion. This sheet is signed and dedicated to a "Joe Marguy," perhaps a relative of the young subject of this compelling portrait.
A popular portraitist, Speicher worked in a style influenced by his teacher Robert Henri (1865-1929). In 1906 Speicher entered the Art Students League in New York to study with William Merrit Chase (1849-1916). He enjoyed a successful career from the 1920s onward.

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