Drawing One Part Four looking at artists drawing figures Toulouse Lautrec and Leon Bakst + own sketches

Toulouse Lautrec

I have copied a few of Lautrec’s drawings into my sketch book and attemtped a few copies and use of techniques.

I like his use of line and the manner in which he distorts the figure to accentuate parts of it’s character or lifestyle

Woman Pulling up Her Stockings (study)

Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec

sourced on line (Sept. 2013) from: http://www.toulouse-lautrec-foundation.org/Woman-Pulling-up-Her-Stockings-%28study%29.html

In this oil sketch Lautrec has used minimal but dark line, some of it “scratchy” rather then particular and possibly painted in lines over pencil although I cannot differentiate this properly. He has not used any form of shading using the darker line but given form to the figure entirely by white light and hints of colour.

The Flower Seller

Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec

sourced on line (Sept.2013) from: http://www.toulouse-lautrec-foundation.org/The-Flower-Seller.html

Again I like the use of line with little shading , but highlighting in white and colour.

Madame Palmyre With Her Dog

Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec

soured from:http://www.toulouse-lautrec-foundation.org/Madame-Palmyre-With-Her-Dog.html

I chose this image, which appears to be in pencil, for three reasons the one is the lack of shading except  by the use of minimal crosshatching, the second for the use of flowing but overdrawn line on the jacket and the third for the treatment of the underlying paper which gives the image shading and form without actually being part of the figure.





A sketch of my daughter and my husband after looking at Toulouse Lautrec.


Toulouse Lautrec’s drawings reminded me of fashion art and lead me into looking at the history of fashion:

Is the art of fashion regarded as fine art? I love the clothes and costumes, the depicted elegance of the figures and the wild imaginative decorations.

Leon Bakst was a Russian artist who designed costumes for the ballet world an area of imagination and drama which I have always adored.

Costume design for a Bacchante in ‘Narcisse,’ Léon Bakst, 1912. Museum no. S.205-1978

sourced on line(Sept 2013) from:http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/b/biography-of-leon-bakst/

Again a sketch of minimal dark line serves to provide a frame for the colour and flow of the costume.

Costume Study for Nijinsky in his Role in La Péri
Léon Bakst (Russian, 1866–1924)

quote:     ”    Léon Bakst was already an experienced portraitist, illustrator, and set designer in 1909 when he joined with Serge Diaghilev to found the Ballets Russes. This design for a costume to be worn by the renowned male dancer Vaslav Nijinsky (1890–1950) demonstrates Bakst’s involvement with Symbolism and Art Nouveau, as well as his dramatic use of color and sensuous line.”

image and quote sourced on line (Sept2013) from: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/22.226.1

Here the figure becomes part of a colourful abstraction of figure and  clothing  in a expressive position of drama.

Bakst designed the costumes through drawings and then produced them for the stage:

BAKST, Leon, designer
Russia 1866 – France 1924-12-27
France from 1912, with regular visits to Europe and North Africa
Costume for a brigandsourced on line (Sept 2013) from:http://www.nga.gov.au/Exhibition/Edwardians/Detail.cfm?IRN=107473&BioArtistIRN=19455&MnuID=2