After Beaux

Ernesta with Nurse

After Beaux

While browsing my favourite bookshop (Charlie Byrnes in Galway city – http://charliebyrne.com/) I came across a lovely little book of paintings of children titled “Children of the Gilded Era: Portraits by Sargent, Renoir, Cassatt and their Contemporaries”. I have long admired Sargents’ pencil drawings, so that was enough to draw me in. The rest of it is a feast for the eyes, and great for someone like me who has a lot of child portraiture in my near future. The sketch above is based on a painting by Cecilia Beaux of her niece titled ‘Ernesta with Nurse’ which was exhibited in 1894 at the Society of American Artists.

Below is the sketch at an earlier stage, defini9ng the core areas in pencil. As the site is about bearing all I will always show these stages where I have then recorded.

Ernesta with Nurse

Cherub

Cherub

Cherub

 

I was making a series of drawings to explore the styles of the old masters, in this case one of Reuben’s cherubs. He was a wonderful painter. I used to find him really boring and overly soppy in his subject matter but when I started to explore the marks he made, the shadows, and the constant turning of his subjects in complex compositions I started to really respect his works as masterpieces. I am sure he would be very relieved to know that.