Blog post tip: James Gurney has a post on the Sorollo Museum's new exhibition of sketches by the artist.
Picturing a World
Sketches, studies, and unfinished work of any kind have an appealing immediacy. They are good for characterizing artists, and good reminders that rough drafts, false starts, and revision are all part of writing any sort of story. Cecilia Beaux's autobiography, Background with Figures, was a key source for me when I was researching Where the Light Falls. Wouldn't I have loved to have this image then! For anyone who wants a quick look at Beaux and the Breton art scene, the blog my daily art display has a good post on Beaux in Concarneau, the summer of 1888.
Even though etching is a painstaking technique, Rembrandt has retained the informality and liveliness of a sketch for this Read More