A couple more “Treasured Sheets”

These are another couple of drawings from the “Treasured sheets” exhibition at the Irish National Gallery that I particularly liked

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François Boucher (1703-1770) A Female Nude Reclining on a Chaise-Longue, c.1752 (Graphite, red and white chalk on brown paper)

This  is a study for Boucher’s oil painting, The Blond Odalisque, 1752, owned by the Alte Pinakothek gallery in Munich. The model probably Louise O’Murphy, a mistress of Louis XV of France,  who was of Irish descent. Reading up on the drawing later, I discovered that the model was only 14 years old at the time, which makes me feel a little uncomfortable as I look at it. But the drawing is prominently featured in the Gallery’s highlights publication and on its website.

I also liked this drawing by Alberto Giacometti.

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It’s very different to the naturalistic drawing by Boucher. Here, the seated figure, the table and other objects are suggested by a series of mainly straight lines, creating form and tone but without detail; relying on the viewer’s imagination to make out the content.


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