Eye Candy for Today: Antoine Gros chalk portrait

Portrait of a Woman, Antoine Jean Gros
Portrait of a Woman, Antoine Jean Gros

In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Black chalk, 11 x 8 inches (28 x 19cm).

I love the way the application of the chalk is alternately bold and delicate. For such a seemingly basic material, chalk can be astonishingly subtle. With the help of a stomp, Gros has used it here like both a draftsman and a painter.


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