Assorted Master work studies

I'm hoping to populate this thread with studies of master works, as and when they happen. Anybody is cordially welcome to join in with his/her studies, and to leave their two (or twenty) cents.

I'll start with  a couple I did this sweltering afternoon... A3 size, conte.

After Pierre Paul Prud'hon


After Leonardo Da Vinci (also posted in the main exhibit area)

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  • This is a study of Reinhold Begas' Susanna - A2, conte and watercolor.


  • Okay, kindly brace for this flood of slightly older studies (2014) - 11 quicker-ish sketches in charcoal of the 'Parthenon Marbles' (which the British insist on calling the 'Elgin Marbles')

    On A3 size pages (or part thereof), mostly with compressed charcoal, or pastel or conte. From various unknown ref sources, my heartiest thanks to all of them.You may want to click the pics to view in actual size.












  • A couple more studies...

    1. 30" x 22", pastel on paper. This is a study sketch of L. E. Barrias' 'The First Funeral' (1878). I was in total admiration of the complexity of different forces - gravitational and muscular, which are interacting with each other to make this beautiful composition possible. I'm sincerely thankful to the unknown ref sources which helped make this study.

    Notice how the central male figure is tilting back, while supporting himself from falling forwards (due to the drag of the deceased's weight) with his left leg. The left leg, bent at the knee, is guarding against tilting too far backwards. His abdominal muscles are taut, to counteract the action of his back muscles (responsible for the backwards tilt). The deceased is completely under the influence of gravity, as is evident from the curvature of his spine, the slight inward bend of the left foot, the limp position of the wrist/fingers on his lap, and the posture of his head/neck. The female figure is slightly bent forwards, kissing the deceased on the side of his head. Therefore, her weight is mainly on the right leg, which is straight and taut, while the left leg is comparatively relaxed. Also, the male figure's head is erect, the neck muscles stiff - showing the strain of the weight he's carrying. He has a melancholy look on his face, as he glances down at the departed person.


    2. 30" x 22", pastels and conte on paper. Study of 'Nature Revealed', a 19th C sculpture by the French master L. E. Barrias. I always find straight up, frontal poses, with the slightest shifting in weight between legs among the more challenging to study. This is more so in the female, where the consequent changes in topography are much subtler, and if missed, would considerably take away from the pose's essential grace. The fun in studying such poses, as far as I'm concerned is in intimately trying to decode these subtler changes in form, due to the effect of muscular forces interacting with gravity.


    A close up of the head...


    Thank you for viewing!

  • Its great to be posting after a longish hiatus. Adding a couple more... recent and not-so-recent:

    1. Terracota Venus - 20" x 28", acrylic on paper. Just my take on Praxiteles' Aphrodite, housed in the British Museum.


    2. Study of 'Nymph and Satyr' - 30" x 22" (full sheet), conte. After the French master Claude Michel's 18th C terracota sculpture. My gratitude to the unknown ref image sources for both 1 and 2.


    Thanks for looking in!

    • Resonating GS's thoughts " Simply stunning"! The Terracotta Venus work feels like a sculpture I can hold onto. The pastel one as you already know - you are a master at it. Four tones depicting amazing depth.

      This is tempting me to attempt some works myself, perhaps a monochrome - ha ha im already scared. Thank you Prosenjit for sharing such inspirational works!

    • Thank you Smitha! I'd be eager to see your 'attempt', given your considerable talent and facility with the human figure :)

    • Simply stunning!

    • Thank you GS! Always great to catch up with the 'older' PJ-ers :)

  • Oil Pastel study (acrylic background) of Bertel Thorvaldsen's Venus with apple (took liberties with the apple itself, original was in marble). Many thanks to the ref photographer, who's unknown to me.

    First, the apple...


    Full image...

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    • Amazing muscle forms. Great work with oil pastels. Very much inspiring Pro!

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