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Original drawing of Georgia Black woman by celebrity artist  

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Original 1943 drawing of an African-American woman in Macon, Georgia, by Russian emigre celebrity painter Michel Werboff

Werboff, Michel

Macon, Georgia




Striking original pencil drawing of a mature African-American woman, 11x15".  

Signed “Werboff, Macon, Ga., 1943”. Michel A. [Mikhail Alexandrovitch] Werboff, born in Czarist Russia in 1896, studied at the Leningrad Academy of Fine Arts before immigrating to Paris in 1924, and to America in 1933. 

Werboff had a long and successful career as a portrait painter of the rich and famous – royalty, presidents, statesmen, generals, composers, singers, actors and poets – from the King of Sweden to Gloria Swanson and Robinson Jeffers. Admirers praised his “distinctive talent for capturing the essence of the events and the character of the people he painted”, while critics sometimes described his drawings as “lifeless”. Offered here is surely the most unusual of his subjects, an unknown aging African-American woman with extraordinary facial features which he so skillfully captured. The circumstances of his visit to Georgia during World War II are unknown.

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