Three Studies (Seated Figure, Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace), 1979
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Graphite on paper, signed and inscribed to David Barnett
17 x 20 in
This drawing, three studies of figures, was done by the contemporary artist Claude Weisbuch in 1979, but it shows his interest in the old masters and his academic approach to drawing. The figures are based on sculptures at the Louvre Museum in Paris, especially the ancient Greek sculptures of the Venus de Milo int he center and the Winged Victory of Samothrace to the right. The artist's use of wayfinding lines captures a sense of movement in these static statues while also recalling the educational approach of the European academies of the nineteenth century. Below the Victory, Weisbuch inscribed the drawing as a gift to David Barnett, the owner of the gallery that first showed his artwork in the United States in 1975. 17 x 20 inches, artwork 24.63 x 30 inches, frame Signed in pencil, lower right with inscription: "Pour l'ami David Barnett – souvenir d'un passage a Paris – 79" Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag matting, UV Clear glass to inhibit fading, and housed in a bronze finish wood moulding. Artwork in excellent condition. Some wear to frame from age. Dent in frame lower right.