Woman Unveiled, Tajikistan
Louis Lozowick, 1932
Smithsonian American Art Museum
I'm moving to Central Asia! This means posts may become more occasional, but hopefully not.
In honor of the move, here's a pen and ink (I think? or woodcut?) of a woman in Tajikistan. Context: Areas such as what is now Tajikistan were part of the Russian Empire, so when the Soviets took over, they decide to forcibly unveil Muslim women within the Soviet Union. The goal was to "modernize" and "free" them, but it became a big struggle, as many women didn't actually want to be unveiled. Not sure how an American guy got over there to do sketches, but... an interesting work nevertheless...