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Title: After the Blitz: Nude Woman
Name: Drawing
Date: 1940
Medium: Paper; brown pencil
Dimensions: 16 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. (42.5 x 34.9 cm)
Classification: Drawings
Credit Line: Purchased from Mary Petersen by the Christian Petersen Memorial Fund. In the Christian Petersen Art Collection, Christian Petersen Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: um92.224
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The nude was not a common subject in Petersen's art, although it is clear that he understood figure well. he back of the woman in this drawing is similar to a sculpture which he produced in the early days of World War II that it is regarded as a study for it. The sculpture is a frontal view of a woman with her child, but the drawing of the woman from the back suggests how thoroughly Petersen planned and developed his ideas.