Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Feeling a bit...

Pencil sketch in Moleskine, 9x14cm of
Pablo Picasso, Woman with a Chignon, 1901
Fogg Art Museum Harvard, Cambridge, MA

... like her here - parts of me got stuck across the Atlantic it feels and I need a wee while to arrive properly again. Just before leaving Boston on Sunday, I had stumbled across a couple of good paintings in the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard. Amongst them this one by Picasso and another one by Toulouse-Lautrec: the Hangover.

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, The Hangover (Suzanne Valadon), 1887-1889
Oil on Canvas, Fogg Art Museum Harvard, Cambridge, MA

While the latter one is an intriguing sketch in oil - lots of squiggly, dynamic lines to make up the scene of a woman sitting alone at a table with a bottle of wine. Picasso's painting is one of those intriguing figures/portraits of his where the figure is flattened. Picasso's abstraction in fact made it fairly easy to sketch from. Redrawing, paying attention to proportions, gestural marks and so on. A good thing to remember!


Lindsay said...

Welcome home Gesa! I kept thinking about you being over there on the EAst coast. Hope you get some rest now!

Gesa said...

Thanks, Lindsay - somehow good to be back - I always like being away for a while, to get some perspective and stuff, and Boston was very good.

Casey Klahn said...

Trying to decide which one I like best.

Rest well.