|Artist Name||Titina Maselli (Rome 1924 - 2005 Rome)|
|Title||Woman Resting Her Head on Her Hands|
|Date of Artwork||ca. 1955|
|Medium||Pen and ink, brush and wash, and graphite on cream wove paper|
|Size||Gift of Mrs. R. Kirk Askew, Jr., 1983.40.2, Loeb Art Center, Vassar College. © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome|
A painter associated with postwar Rome and 1950s New York, Titina Maselli used flat poster-like colors, minimalist images from nature and pop culture, and suggestions of pulsing artificial light to create brilliantly painted, large, patterned abstractions in the 1950s and 1960s that are antithetical to this smaller, quieter drawing. Actually, the full face and crown of curled dark locks compare well with images of the artist, and so this drawing may be a self-portrait. Born in Rome, Maselli painted as a young girl, encouraged by her parents and family friends. In 1952 she moved to New York and showed at Durlacher Brothers shortly afterward with exhibitions there in 1953 and 1955.