Tuesday, August 01, 2006

process unknown

Hoping some of you curators of works on paper/process experts can help the silver-gelatin dummy. The above is a detail from a suspiciously photographic sized portrait (16x20"). I would guess late 19th early 20th C. The subject wouldn't have had a huge art budget. Any thoughts about process? The image is on a heavy piece of board. I'd guess charcoal but the Chuck Close realism leads me to think there is a photo somewhere in the image's past...

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Blogger Gawain said...

These are generally referred to as crayon enlargements. Usually a weak photographic image underlying a chalk drawing.


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