In my last post, I promised to present one of my favorite little drawings of all time, and here she is.
Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret did this in 1906, in red, white, and black on a gray-green paper, probably a sketch for a figure in a painting. I don’t know which one. I found this gem in a sales catalog from one of the big auction houses ages ago, and it’s been in my file of drawings ever since.
It has so much of what I admire in a drawing…character, done with care, but not too much care, motion, and motive. It’s tender, but believably so. It’s just right on the money. I perhaps read into this more than is there, but I have the feeling that the artist wasn’t conscious of making a great drawing, but because he was after something bigger , he ended up with one.