Master Drawing Mondays: Week 18

Study for the Republic by Aimé-Jules Dalou

Aimé-Jules Dalou (1838-1902). Étude pour la République. Plume et crayon graphite, encre brune sur papier. Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Petit Palais.

My last day in France I spent in Paris. First, I went to the Petit Palais to see the collection of plaster casts for many of the works of public art around the city. I wish I had been able to spend more time there studying these casts, but I had lunch in the garden courtyard and was on my way.

This week’s Master Drawing Monday comes from Aimé-Jules Dalou’s study for his monumental worked for “The Republic.”

Materials and technics: Pen and pencil on a toned paper. A brown paper by Strathmore or the Canson Ingres paper would be perfect for this drawing. However, if you like to keep your drawings in a notebook, no special paper is needed for Master Drawing Mondays.

The key principle here is to spend time looking closely and studying the quality of line of an old Master Drawing.

The Triumph of the Republic in Paris

Triumph of the Republic at the Place National, Paris

Wait… I missed what all of this is about!

The challenge of Master Drawing Mondays is to set aside time to copy a drawing. You can either choose from a book, or I will provide a weekly prompt from a museum collection. If you are on social media, use the hashtag #MasterDrawingMonday and tag me on Instagram @SarahHI. Let’s see how many out-of-practice artists we can encourage to take up a regular practice of copying the old masters!

Thank you @kipic.dusan

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A figurative sculptor for over 20 years, Sarah tells monumental stories in clay, bronze, and stone.

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