Saturday, January 26, 2013

Picasso at the Palette and Chisel

OK - Picasso never came to Chicago, much less the Palette and Chisel.

But when he was a 17 year old art student, he attended life class at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid.

That was in 1898 - the Palette and Chisel was 3 years old - and the above certainly looks like it could have been done in one of our workshops -- even today.

It's flat, overall style reminds me of Bodo.


BTW - the above image can be found in John Richardson's 'A Life of Picasso Volume One" which I'll leave in the P&C library when I'm done. (a good way to prepare for the Picasso and Chicago show that opens at the A.I.C. on February 20. )

It's a very detailed account of art education in Spain c. 1900, since Pablo Ruiz attended many art schools in several cities and had many teachers.

When he made the above drawing, he had been attending art schools for four years and drawing for about ten.

Here's a scene from 1894 that also reminds of the Palette and Chisel.

When the model takes a reclining pose, I also like a foreshortened view.

The artist is Ramon Casas, a leading artist in Barcelona when Picasso first arrived there at age 17. (Casas was about 30 at the time)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Moissei Liangleben - In Memoriam

A fascinating retrospective of our recently deceased member, even if the hapzard display did seem to resemble a garage sale.

a charming character study

Palette games

I don't know when he did  this Russian avant garde stuff

My favorite painting in the show

Welcome to the Palette and Chisel !

A great portrait of  Moissei by Mary Qian

(photo by Del Hall)

(photo by Del Hall)

Someone has suggested that Moissei drew on these envelopes when he first came to Chicago and had no real art materials.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

New Year's Drawing Marathon 2013

Self portrait by Del Hall, official photographer of the 2013 New Year's Drawing Marathon

The usual suspects

A surprise guest from Maquokeka Iowa

Preparing the best chili the world has ever tasted

Still doodling nekkid butts