Writing: Appreciations

“The Erotic Frigidaire”: The Académies of Pierre-Paul Prud’hon

Prud'hon drew from the figure throughout his career, and now those "académies" anchor his reputation. How did he draw such stunning figure studies?

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The Emergence of Tonal Drawing

Tonal drawing—the juxtaposition of relative values, the notion of seeing masses rather than outlines—more closely replicates the way humans see than do lines. This emotional way of depicting the world has been explored since Leonardo; modern artists have mastered it.

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1,001 Body Parts: Anthony Panzera and the Fine Art of Selectivity

The numerous small drawings in this series together make a grand statement about the human body—and an artist's discerning view of it.

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Continual Investigations

Employing a slow process of layering and removing his materials, Costa Vavagiakis achieves an expressive, sculptural presence in his figure drawings.

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An Enigma in the Middle: The Wax-Resist Drawings of David Dodge Lewis

On several levels, this Virginia artist solves the contradictions of his subject matter to present works of both mystery and clarity.

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“With His Ineffable Left Hand”: The Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci

One of the great insights of this show is that, even as it confirms Leonardo as a towing figure with a genius that would be unique in any age, it also locates him firmly within an enduring tradition of draftsmanship.

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