Variations of the motif prominent in this watercolor—a cluster of physiognomic and anatomical parts (lips, eye, brain, and nose)—appear in several works on paper, including a near-identical ink drawing on a torn sheet (see Related Works on Paper), and at the right edge of an untitled canvas dated 1941/1942 (fig. 1). The silhouetted face at the right edge of the present work also calls to mind linear profiles in canvases of the same period, particularly the rightmost in an untitled canvas of 1941/1942 (fig. 2).
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