Tuesday, 10 January 2012

A walk for a walk's sake

"Drawing is an active line on a walk, moving freely, without goal. A walk for a walk's sake." This is how the artist Paul Klee was said to have once described the art of drawing, which is the theme for a small (one room) exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery. More specifically drawings by Spanish artists from the 16th to the 20th Century. The Spanish Line: Drawings from Ribera to Picasso uses work from the Courtauld's own impressive collection. My favourite works in the show are the two with possibly the greatest contrast between them:

Cantar y Bailar (Singing and Dancing)  (1819-20)  Francisco de Goya y Lucientes

Pigs (1906) Pablo Picasso

Although this exhibition is so small and its a shame there is not more of the same, its still worth looking around the Courtauld's great permanent collection whilst there anyway.


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