Saturday, October 20, 2018

Model By Line Design

Model By Line Design
Rebekah at our art group in
Kennebunkport, Maine Sept 28, 2018
5" x 7" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink
on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough
100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $115.00


About Model By Line Design
I was intrigued to use simple clear line and simple clear color in this painting. To further simplify, with the Caucasian flesh tone, a mix of light yellow and light red (pink), I separated them, to make this a study in line, pure color, and design. The suggested form from line doesn't always follow the line, it becomes its own form. Yes, I paint outside the lines. Coloring books have always been difficult for me, staying in those lines, not my thing.

While I was into line and color, many years ago Pablo Picasso was into line, no color, with a similar subject and perspective with his 1930s etchings.



Picasso By Lines
Fragment de Corps de Femme
(translation: Female Body Fragment)
also known as Femme
Pablo Picasso
Etching, 12" x 11.5" (w x h), 1931
Private collection

From Ovide, Les Métamorphoses (translation: Ovid, The Metamorphoses). Composed in Latin at the beginning of the first century, 100s AD, by the Roman poet Ovid, the Metamorphoses presents a collection of tales of transformation based on Greek mythology and legend.

"Picasso's etchings on the theme of Ovid's Metamorphosis are the first great graphic works of his classical period in the early 1930's. Femme or known as Fragments de corps de Femme is one of the thirty sketches belonging to the book by Ovid. In these works Picasso developed the superb clarity of etched lines making the prints of this era among his most beautiful early graphic works.


Femme was sketched by Picasso in 1930. This etching is executed in a pure, classical line, almost sensual and erotic.


Picasso's neoclassical period which began about 1920, may have resulted from his contact with classical art in Italy and with the ballet, which reawakened his interest in the human figure. Though Picasso did not abandon cubism, his forms in this style became more curvilinear as is the case with the etching Femme.


The series of executed etchings in 1931 for the Metamorphoses of Ovid are among his finest illustrations. Picasso began to work on the thirty compositions in September 1930. This was the time he began his relationship with Marie Therese Walter (1909-1977) when she was 17-years-old and he was 45-years old. She was the inspiration for the female figures in many of the Metamorphoses compositions, maybe even that of Femme."

-Source: Aaron Art Prints HERE

Marie Therese Walter
 

Marie Therese Walter

Scroll through more of the etchings in this series at the German Galerie Fetzerhere HERE


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