Eye Candy for Today: Corot pencil drawing

Young man in Front of a Great Oak, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, graphite, heightened with white gouache
Young man in Front of a Great Oak, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Graphite on tan paper, highlighted with white gouache, roughly 11 x 16 inches (39 x 29 cm). Link is to zoomable image on Google Art Project; downloadable high-resolution file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Corot’s precise and economical rendering is also wonderfully fluid and gestural. I love the way his lines of tone follow the form, and also suggest the texture of the bark. The tree was likely sketched from life in the Forest of Fontainebleau.

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