With drawings ranging from Tiepolo and Ingres to Schiele and Lovis Corinth, this exhibition catalogue explores the rich subject of the artist at work, illustrating the variety of ways in which artists have represented themselves and others making art.
This exhibition explores the theme of the artist at work through a selection of drawings from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, drawn primarily from the Katrin Bellinger Collection. Whether in their studios or art academies, out and about sketching a landscape or recording their own likeness in a mirror, artists have long taken pleasure in representing themselves at work. When immersed in the act of drawing or painting, artists are often shown with their backs turned to the spectator. We, therefore, are invited to look over their shoulders and share in the moment of creation.
Depictions of the artist in the studio are expressions of creative concentration and introspection and, like self-portraits, offer a chance to reflect on artistic practice and identity. The care consistently taken in recording the studio apparatus of easels and palettes, or assistants grinding pigments, indicates their significance for practitioners. Yet, the studio, as well as being the everyday workshop of dirty brushes and sculptural debris, is also the realm of allegory and myth where artists create or dream.
Deanna Petherbridge and Anita Sganzerla
By Deanna Petherbridge and Anita Viola Sganzerla
Edited by Ketty Gottardo and Rachel Sloan
3 May 2018
Paperback, 210 x 210 mm
64 pages, 35 colour illus.
The Courtauld Gallery, London
3 May 2018 – 15 July 2018
In the press
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