Woman wearing a mantilla signed and dated 'Irma Stern / 1950' (upper left) oil on canvas 54 x 55cm (21 1/4 x 21 5/8in).
In 1950, the year in which the present lot was painted, Stern visited Madeira again as well as Madrid and the south of France. She also exhibited at the Venice Biennale for the first time.
Stern's past enthusiasm for African subjects started to wane in the 1950s and, having become disillusioned with the changes wrought by time and politics in Africa, she sought peasant communities in Europe in an attempt to locate her romantic ideas of idyllic existence in nature. She remained, however, committed to portraying the human form and it is upon this that her reputation was built and upon which it has been sustained.