cubist nude graphite pencil drawing

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Study after Eugène Durieu’s Seated Female Nude – 20-08-21

Lovely Folds

After my last drawing of Geesje Kwak I did not have many new ideas. Then I remembered I had a photo of a seated female nude by Eugène Durieu. It contains a lovely sequence of folds in a cloth draped loosely around a nude. Often these 19th century photos show old-fashioned motifs. Victorian clothing and old fashioned hairdo’s are not my favorites but this one has a timeless look. The photograph almost could have taken yesterday and could even be considered as contemporary art for eternity.

Durieu’s Work

You have to know I knew Durieu’s work already for a long time. Like me he also was a lawyer who turned to art later in life. My pastel l’Odalisque was based on his picture and I am not the first. Delacroix also used it for one of his oils. Time to do another one and I am eager to continue the study after the texture of fabrics.

Variation in Repetition

The working method this time was basic but essential. I used only straight contour delineations. Different from previous drawings I did not long for the invention of new forms. Therefor I used my kind of cubism from the past more or less. Some forms are defined by dark linear structures, some are bounded by soft tonal gradients. This way I was able to create variation in harsh and soft looking objects. As in many of my art works I use the principle of repetion in variation and variation in repetition. Although the dominant object in the motif was very charming I was not particularly impressed by its background. Therefor I decided to extrapolate plain delineations within the body outwards and turn them into a division dark and light plains. Only the folds in the right upper corner are vague reflections of the original ones in the photo.

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Graphite pencil (Sakura 0.5 mm, Pentel 4B) drawing Talens Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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