Woman's Head


Allie Victoria Tennant ( American, 1892 - 1971 )

c. 1940
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General Description

Reminiscent of Archaic Greek sculpture with its stylized hair and expressionless features, this bust transcends an individual likeness to become an imposingly dignified representation of the idea of womanhood.

Besides the portrait heads for which she won recognition, Dallas sculptor Allie V. Tennant also created several important architectural decorations, such as plaques for various schools and public buildings. Her nine-foot-tall statue of an American Indian, Tejas Warrior, still greets visitors to the Texas Hall of State at Fair Park. She also helped found and served as president of the Texas Sculptors Group.

Excerpt from

William Keyse Rudolph, DMA Label copy (1994.181), March 2007.