Sunday, November 5, 2023

Old Man Looking Up

Menzel's charcoal portraits began with the stump work. The face emerged from a cloud of softness. 

Adolph von Menzel (German, 1815-1905), Head of an old man, his eyes raised, 
1895. Black chalk and stumping, 13 x 7.8 cm.

Then on the rough paper he dragged the black chalk for the rough textures and lines. It's a messy, organic, compassionate way to draw that really gets your fingers dirty.

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