I like to draw in the museums.  All the great old dead white male artists used to do it.  Quite a few of the dead white female artists got into the habit, as well.  Today African-American artists or Asian-American artists or other ethnic/American groups of artists, roam the museums drawing.  And when they die, successive generations will have any number of dead anybodies’ footsteps to follow in.  That’s my paeon to multiculturalism: to give it time.  No one should feel gawky by making drawings in museums.  Picasso was the greatest thief of all. 

Pst … just between us … all the ArtNews artists who spurn drawing, can’t draw.  There’s a reason for everything.  But … shh … don’t tell anybody.  Okay?

I drew this figure in front of the National Gallery’s The Young Governess by Jean Simeon Chardin. (A click takes you to a detail, click from there on “detail images” to see the whole painting.)  I guess I’ve made hundreds of drawings like this by now.  Well, I really love to draw.  And you learn a lot by copying the old guys (and gals).

[Top of the post:  Drawing after Chardin’s “The Young Governess,” by Aletha Kuschan]

4 thoughts on “Trips to the Museum for Drawing

  1. Bonjour Aletha,
    Tres beau dessin, toujours cette ligne élégante et classique.
    C’est dans mes “to do things” que d’aller dessiner au musée et aussi dehors, en pleine ville.
    I never had the guts to do it yet!
    En allant voir le lien de la National Gallery sur Chardin, j’ai decouvert ce tres beau et informatif site, je viens tout juste de terminer la visite guidée sur les danseuses de Degas. Merci pour toutes ces informations

  2. Je suis arrivée à la Caroline du Nord! C’était un voyage très agréable. Tout le jour dans ma voiture, mais pendant ces 10 heures nous n’avons pas vu le temps passer. Et en suite, maintenant j’ecris! Mais plus tard! Je suis fatiguée. Je dors! Je rêve (donc je suis!) à bientôt AK

  3. cela me rapelle de bons souvenirs, nous avons passé beaucoup de vacances a Swansboro, NC, quand les enfants étaient petits.
    Boiled peanuts, a cold beer and looking at the ocean…la dolce vita.

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