I got to see an old friend
after many long years separation. Cezanne’s Vase of Flowers is back on view at the National Gallery of Art. For years and years it had its own special place and I visited it, studied it, drew it, copied it — and then it was gone. But it’s back, and recently I made this quick and rough drawing in front of the painting, drawing a portion of its features approximately life size.
It’s not the sort of drawing for getting a likeness. I was instead keen merely to make the gestures that I see in one small part of the painting. And I want to do many more such drawings in the future — private drawings that I make for my own use even if I do also afterwards make some of them occasionally public by posting them here.
The painting, for those not familiar with it, is reproduced below.
You can learn more about the painting and can use the zoom feature to see it more closely here: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/Collection/art-object-page.45867.html
I’ve drawn it many times before, as for instance here: https://alethakuschan.wordpress.com/2008/05/19/my-cezanne/
The portion of the painting I was drawing above can deciphered by comparing the same area from one drawing I made in the past.