Nude Dressing

Eldzier Cortor (American, 1916–2015)


Sheet: 35.6 x 25.4 cm (14 x 10 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pen and black ink on paper

On View

Frances Vrachos Gallery (Gallery 144)


Americas, Prints and Drawings



This drawing, closely related to the nude in his painting Room No. V, exhibits Cortor’s characteristic elongation of the female figure, describing an elegant arc from nape to fingertips. Dense networks of scratched pen lines coalesce to create volumetric form, while reserved areas of the light brown paper suggest highlights on the woman’s breasts, torso, and sheer stocking.


The Artist; from the artist to the parents of Vivian Bridaham, Bozeman, MT; by descent to Bridaham; December 8, 1992, sold by Bridaham to George Wein, New York, NY; gift of George Wein to the MFA (Accession Date: March 21, 2007)

Credit Line

Gift of the George and Joyce Wein Collection


© Eldzier Cortor; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY