Title: After the Blitz: Nude Woman
Medium: Paper; brown pencil
Dimensions: 16 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. (42.5 x 34.9 cm)
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.
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.