Black chalk heightened with white. Signed in black chalk at bottom center Kienerk. 408 x 323 mm.
Verso: Frontal study of a female figure, and her face. Black chalk heightened with white, touched with yellow pastel.
The head of a young girl on the recto, is to be referred to the graphic activity of Kienerk at the beginning of the twentieth century. The artist overcomes naturalism by simplifying the images as much as possible and certainly the drawing was used to prepare the lithographs of the series Sorrisi.
The study on the verso can be instead related with the figure of Il Dolore appearing in the celebrated triptych L'enigma umano
Kienerk started his artistic evolution receiving training in Florence from Adriano Cecioni, Telemaco Signorini and Silvestro Lega. His first landscape paintings reveal the influence of the Macchiaioli but also of the French Impressionism. Later he moved towards Divisionism and Symbolism. In 1905 Kienerk was appointed to the chair of the civic school of painting in Pavia, where he lived until 1938.