i created this piece using charcoal and a damp brush, at this point i’m still exploring and analyzing Cezanne’s use of composition. However i do feel i could push this further and exaggerate his placement of object by playing with scale and viewpoints.
a graphite interpretation of the Francois Zola Dam, still using directional marks, through the use of parallel lines i have also tried to create the sensation of movement.
Again working with the idea of bringing figures out of the life room and in into the early Cubist technique fathered by Cezanne, i have began to create rather dynamic charcoal drawings of figures, looking at them purely as shapes not people. Exaggerating some areas that I believe are more important, making the central the focus and scaling up whilst drawing attention away from the rest of the image by scaling down. To develop this further I could attack the subject from a variety of view points and add lines to indicate direction.
It is argued that Cezanne pioneered the Cubist movement. There are clear derivatives of Cezanne in the works of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, I can also see many subtle traits in Cezanne’s techniques that became the fundamental premises of Cubism. Therefore I decided to exaggerate these notions in my reinterpretation of the Francois Zola dam.
Although I am still getting to grips with the composition of the piece I feel like the way forward would be through constantly producing these reinterpretations of the piece, I have really pushed the directional brush marks that shapes his forms, I have began to create subtle suggestions of hushing cooler hues in the distance and warmer hues on the objects in the foreground and on objects of importance that need to be highlighted. I have also been rather ambiguous with the outline of many of the objects that should depict movement. I believe this piece is successful however I fully aim to push this notion further and for it to be exaggerated to its full potential.
What I have come to realise about Cezanne’s work is that he had an obsession with transcending an experience of being there onto the viewer, rather than a direct depiction of what we would think the scene to look like. One way he would successfully convey life would be through abstracting the definitive outline, he would not commit to one line because that would not be how one truly experiences an object. I believe Picasso identified this in the work of Cezanne and exaggerated this to such ambiguity it was hard to say where one subject would end and another would begin. It would also create a sense of true experience for it depicts movement.
This is a charcoal drawing of two people lying on the floor. I created the piece in one swift movement without moving my hand off the paper, it is almost impossible to tell where one figure ends and another begins I believe this to be exiting as it gives the impression of two people rolling on the ground, I believe this to be a successful piece as I have achieved my aim of moving the figure out of the life room, there is now a narrative. Who are these people? Are they lovers?
Returning to the idea of bringing figures into Cezanne’s landscape I decided to create a portrait based on the values that Cezanne would incorporate in his paintings. For example creating solid shapes/forms through the tonal gradation of similar hues, it seems as though he would almost sculpt his subjects from the shades of colour within the paint.
These are two portraits made in charcoal that try to emulate Cezanne’s handling of paint. If we take the one on the right, I have, through very subtle tonal gradation sculpted there figure out of the black through extraction.
I feel if I am to continue creating life drawings they will need to be pushed further. They will need to have more substance than just a model in a white room, I aim to create narrative, set a scene.
For example here is something I drew today, the model is creating a particularly interesting and dynamic pose as he grasps an easel. What story can be created from this. I believe a lot of answers can be found by looking at the works of artists such as Paula Rergo and Frida Kahlo whose works are full of fantasy and self expression.