Thursday, August 29, 2013

Eye Candy for Today: Jean-Baptiste Greuze ink and wash drawing

Madame Greuze on a chaise lounge with her dog, Jean-Baptiste Greuze
Madame Greuze on a chaise lounge with her dog, Jean-Baptiste Greuze

Rijksmuseum, ink and wash over chalk on paper, 13×18″ (34x47cm)

In this seemingly casual but beautifully realized drawing of his wife relaxing with her dog, Greuze achieves a subtle portrayal of light and form — a reminder of the surprising versatility of the humble medium of ink and wash, which often shares characteristics of both drawing and painting.

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