Head of a Girl
In Head of a Girl, Dobrinsky portrays a young girl, probably an orphan, whose tight-lipped mouth is sealed like a closed box. Her fixed stare and adult expression appear to express disenchantment perhaps with the harshness of life. In contrast to her dark expression and bare surroundings, the painter uses a light, luminous, warm palette and lively brushstrokes.
Dobrinsky began his artistic life as a sculptor in Kiev, but settled in Paris in 1912, where he became a painter. He briefly shared a studio with Chaïm Soutine and became associated with the Ecole de Paris (a loose association of mainly Jewish émigré artists). He spent the Second World War in hiding in southern France, returning to the capital in 1945. In the 1950s he worked at the Chateau de Chabannes, Limousin, which cared for children orphaned by the Nazis, where he painted numerous portraits of the staff and children.