Figure Drawings

A discussion on figure drawing beginning with Leonard’s Vitruvian man, showing the proportions of the human body

LeonardoVitruvian

Leonardo da Vinci, L’Uomo Vitruviano, c1490, pen and ink with wash over metal point on paper, 35 × 26 cm, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

and one of his studies of a hand

LeonardoHand

Leonardo da Vinci, Study of a Hand

Seven examples of the depiction of the human figure

The work of Egon Schiele may serve as a basis for the representation of the use of the figure in art. His style is only one of countless others

SchieleBlackHair

Egon Schiele, Girl with Black Hair, 1911, watercolour & graphite pencil on paper, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio, USA

SchieleCrossedArms

Egon Schiele, Girl with Black Hair, 1911, watercolour & graphite pencil on paper, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio, USA

SchieleCrouching

Egon Schiele, Crouching Nude

SchieleLoinCloth

Egon Schiele, Standing Male Nude with Red Loincloth, 1914, Albertina, Vienna

SchieleYellowJacket

Egon Schiele, Girl in a Yellow Jacket

A cave painting, to show that mankind has always needed to draw

ChauvetRhino

Big Horn Rhino cave painting, c30,000 BC, Chauvet, Ardèche, France

and a drawing, indicating simplicity and flowing movement

PicassoHead

Pablo Picasso, Drawing of a head

MC, Meeting No23, 21 August 2018

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