Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Coming Full Circle

(Drawn in order from top left to bottom right)
Yesterday, I had the chance to study these four sketches by Diebenkorn. The artist drew his military coat at different stages of his artistic development. I am fascinated by the fact that what started off as a representational depiction, lead to two different abstractions, before eventually culminating in a drawing which most closely approximates the original in terms of realism. 
That is not to say that the final drawing (bottom right) is necessarily the best. It is incredible though to consider that by recognizing the abstract content of the coat, the artist gained a new, fuller understanding of his subject.  

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