Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Artwork of the Week: Violinist Seen from the Back

Violinist Seen from the Back by Vincent van Gogh, 1887
chalk on paper
image courtesy of the Van Gogh Museum

A sketch that I had never seen before by the late great Van Gogh. A beautiful example of hatching (parallel lines drawn closely together) and cross hatching (overlapping layers of hatching drawn at right angles), the definitions of which I never fully understood before. 
An expressive yet fairly simplistic line drawing with varying tones and texture. 
This sort of thing really thrills me.

- Cathleen

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