Medium: Watercolor and ink on paper

Signature: Signed lower right


28 in. h. x 21.5 in. w., image

36.75 in. h. x 29.75 in. w., as framed


As an artist, William Sommer was not particularly concerned with objective representation. Instead, Sommer sought to capture the emotional truth of his subjects, often succeeding in doing so with remarkable clarity. This is perhaps most evident in his portraits of neighborhood children and young family members — who, in exchange for a quarter or two, would sit still and listen to Sommer entertain them with jokes and stories while he worked. This watercolor depicts Tess Dominski, a young girl who lived next door to Sommer.

Type of Work: Drawings

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