impressionist nude pastel drawing

Nude sitting on table (2011)

A cassic style of pastel nude I did years ago. When I was a teenager I went to Musée d’Orsay and I was quite annoyed to see Edgar Degas was a better draughtsman than me but I took good notice of what he was up to. I liked his hatched strokes and try to emulate them. For some reason I hatched in an angle of approximately 45 degrees from the moment I left Orsay and it felt better than Degas’ vertical ones.

It was the first pastel after 7 years and I quite got the hang of it. At the same time I was inspired by art deco style nudes from the 1920s and 1930s. Running on an empty pocket and those art deco photos coming royalty-free, it was a great start to makes series after series and they sold very well, especially in the U.S. and China.

Pastel drawing on Canson Mi-Teintes paper (50 x 65 x 0.1 cm)

Artist: Corné Akkers