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FREEING ART FROM WOOD: The Sculpture of Leslie Garland Bolling
List of Titles - The Female Form

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For his nudes, Bolling gave free rein to his imagination, creating stylized figures that are exceptionaly sensual and fleshy. Bolling's women are mature and slightly coy with their weight on one leg, the other leg bent slightly with toe down, and their heads turned. Bolling attenuated or exaggerated body proportions in an effort to reflect the abstraction of the human figure by other contemporary artists.

Titles with an asterisk (*) were displayed in the exhibition at the Library of Virginia. The PDF symbol indicates catalog entries and images for works discovered after April 1, 2006. Click on the PDF symbol (Adobe PDF) to access the entries on these recent discoveries. Exhibited works known before that date are published in the catalog, Freeing Art from Wood: The Sculpture of Leslie Garland Bolling, available from the Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia, or online.

This list of titles was compiled from exhibition pamphlets and catalogs, published reviews and articles, and correspondence.

 The Female Form
Beautiful WomanhoodBeautiful Womanhood*
1931
Courtesy of Constance Porter Uzelac. Photography by Pierre Courtois, LVA
 Curves
Ca. 1935
 Dancer [see Salome I]
DespairDespairAdobe PDF
Ca. 1935
Courtesy of Harriette D. Davidson. Photography by Pierre Courtois, LVA
 Enchanted Grace
Ca. 1928
 Figure Study
Ca. 1933
 Half Moon [see New Moon]
 Inspiration
Ca. 1933
 Meditation
Ca. 1935
 Mother and Child
Ca. 1926
 My Idol
Ca. 1937
 My Inspiration
1930s
 My Model
Ca. 1935
New Moon [also known as Half Moon]New Moon [also known as Half Moon]*
1933
Courtesy of Constance Porter Uzelac. Photography by Pierre Courtois, LVA
 Nude
Ca. 1935
Nude [Painted]Nude [Painted]*
Ca. 1933
Courtesy of Marshall Goodman. Photography by Pierre Courtois, LVA
Nude with BookNude with Book*
1930s
Courtesy of Avis E. Holmes, Patty D. Brown, and Reuben B. Greene. Photography by Pierre Courtois, LVA
Queen of DreamsQueen of Dreams*
Ca. 1937
Courtesy of Carol Hoffman. Photography by Suzanne Van Bylevelt
 Reclining Figure
Ca. 1933
 Reclining Figure 2
Ca. 1937
 Salome I [also known as Dancer]
Ca. 1933
 Salome II
Ca. 1935
Salome IIISalome III*
1935
Courtesy of Marlene Jackson. Photography by Pierre Courtois, LVA
Standing WomanStanding Woman*
Ca. 1934
Courtesy of Jerome Gray. Photography by Pierre Courtois, LVA
 Study of Curves
Ca. 1937
 Woman and Babe
1930s
Woman Brushing Her HairWoman Brushing Her Hair*
1938
Courtesy of Jeffrey W. Parker. Photography by Pierre Courtois, LVA
Woman Brushing Her Hair (version 2)Woman Brushing Her Hair (version 2)*
1941
Courtesy of E. H. Thompson. Photography by Pierre Courtois, LVA
Woman’s HeadWoman’s Head*
1932
Photograph courtesy of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of American Negro Arts and Letters, Beinecke Library, Yale University
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