Master Drawing Mondays: Week 2

Gustave Caillebotte’s Self-Portrait with a Hat

Public Domain Self-Portrait with a Hat, c. 1879
at the Art Institute of Chicago

This drawing is not currently on view, but is in the digital archive of the Art Institute of Chicago. Gustave Caillebotte is one of my favorite French artists and I love the idea of getting to spend a little time with him while working on this drawing.

Caillebotte drew this self-portrait with graphite on off-white, medium-weight, moderately textured paper. It is on a fairly large (approximately 20″ x 13″) sheet of paper.

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. Click the image for a high resolution facsimile to draw from.

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

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