Master Drawing Mondays: Week 14

Jean-Baptiste Nattier

A Triton Blowing a Conch Shell, 1724 at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

This drawing is not on view, but is in the digital archive of the National Gallery of Art in Washington. It’s a lovely 18th century drawing by Jean-Baptiste Nattier.

This drawing, A Triton Blowing a Conch Shell, was presumably done as a study for a painting. Nattier used black chalk heightened with white chalk on gray-brown laid paper. It is the size of a typical sheet of paper, 11″ x 8 7/8″. The toned paper from Canson would be perfect for this.

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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