"I studied with [Art Students League teacher] George Bridgman for one or two full days a week for several years. Somebody told me when I went to art school that I had to start by drawing plaster casts. So I entered the antiques class and used to do Venus de Milo and everything like that. I remember we had a two-week pose on the Winged Victory on a full sheet of Ingres paper. I had that Winged Victory down to a "T." God, I had it all. It was very pale and I didn't lean on the charcoal too much. I had every crack in it, every little chip. It was really beautiful, I thought."
"Then Bridgman came along and he said: 'Very good, but you haven't got the action on the figure that you should have, the action between the ribcage and the pelvis.'"
"He took a chamois and dusted the whole thing off, and then took a big black piece of charcoal and drew all over it. Nearly broke my heart. But he was a damn good teacher."
|Riviera by Ogden Pleissner|
Excerpt from the book: Art of Ogden M. Pleissner. The book is the only major one on Pleissner and is loaded with color reproductions of his watercolors and oils. It's out of print, but quite reasonable.
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