Cubistic nude graphite pencil drawing

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Nude – 05-02-16 (sold)


With this nude I wanted to open up the model as maximally as possible without losing the recognition of the anatomic basics. By my graphite pencil drawing ‘Nude – 25-01-16’ I got inspired to take this principle of openess even further. It is a development in my art that comes step-by-step, I think. Often we consider ourselves to be separate from the world outside our bodies. I know I did for many a year. Basically we operate from an ‘us against them’ proposition. There are things and people around us that are not us, literally and figuratively.


Gradually I came to realize that all we do is perceiving and interpreting. Consciousness allow us to do so but before you know it perception leads to unnecessary, even undesirable categorization. Could it be that matter and forms are like the immaterial world, such as thoughts and principles? It is this thought I laid down in a drawing ‘Roundism – 11-01-20’ after reading about ‘The Implicite Order’ by David Bohm. Everything big is ruled by the same principles on a smaller scale. It works like fractals but I understand since quite some time now that this also applies to the relation between the material and the immaterial world.

Luther’s Way

The more rigid a principle becomes, the more it leads to death. “Jede Konsequenz führt zum Teufel” (every consequence leads to the devil) said Luther, meaning roughly sticking to a principle too much leads to one’s demise. I have become very much aware of how objects generally are depicted by showing only their positive forms. They become boring because of the separated look. Someone like Cézanne understood this all too well.

Positive and Negative Space

What if objects are more interconnected and forms are not defined by their outline only? The recognition of an object is realized by understanding the positive form (for example of a female form) being defined by the negative space around it. We all are products of our environment, that’s for sure. We are nobody without anybody. Who we are is defined to some extent by all things and principles outside our bodies. On the other hand there is room for communication between bodies, exchanging ideas and mutually influencing eachother. In this regard you can consider me a philosopher forging these ideas into images. Let it be that this drawing will work your mind subconsciously and that you catch my drift eventually.

I would like to conclude this statement quoting Groucho Marx: “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them…well, I have others.”


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Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) con Canson Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm – A4 format).

Artist: Corné Akkers