cubistic portrait graphite pencil drawing

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Queen Maxima – 17-10-14

Maxima Zorreguieta

This is Maxima van Oranje-Nassau-Zorreguieta, Queen of The Netherlands. Now I found my groove in cubism it was time to put some dutch royalty on paper. The Sans Titre series is all about female moviestars and is ever growing. Therefor it is logic to take a sidestep and do a portrait of another famous woman. Obviously I am not a member of the incrowd who have immediate access to the Royal family. In fact Erwin Olaf did and his pictures of the family are public property of the state. I read that I could use his smashing picture of Maxima safely. So thanks to Erwin Olaf and the Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst.

Not Offensive?

On the website of the latter it was stated that one could use the pictures as long as they were not offensive. What ‘offensive’ could be was not stated nor can be corresponded about with the Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst. I hope the Service and the Royal Family are not offended by my sort of cubism and that they esteem it very much indeed. To the best of my knowledge members of our royal family never have been rendered in that specific style. Some time ago this printable of this drawing was ordered. The buyer liked the cubistic style underligning her modern approach of her role as queen in our monarchy. Perhaps next time a fauvist one?

Cubism and Portraiture

My last portrait in cubism was a graphite pencil drawing of Claudia Cardinale (Sans Titre – 31-07-14). That one was A5-size though, like all portraits up to that time. It grew in me to investigate the art of portraiture in cubism further and put a portrait down on larger scale. Of course bigger is more monumental, hence an important and beautiful figurehead like Maxima.

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Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Winsor & Newton paper (29.7 x 42 x 0.1 cm – A3 format)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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