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Like Head of a Boxer of the same year, Head of a Young Girl was made while Laurens was under contract to Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler. The works may have been given as gifts by Daniel-Henry to Gustav and Elly. The angular structure of the woman’s face contrasts with the soft waves of her hair and the gentle curve of her left shoulder, illustrating the beginning of Laurens’ move away from the more abstract geometric forms of Cubism towards a more organic style.

August 2004