Project Yourself into the Picture Plane

Painting by Paul Cezanne  Madame Cezanne in a Red Armchair aka "Hortense Fiquet in a Striped Skirt" oil on canvas 1877-78

Painting by Paul Cezanne

Madame Cezanne in a Red Armchair
aka “Hortense Fiquet in a Striped Skirt”
oil on canvas

Class notes from Drawing the Figure in Space class taught by Elizabeth Rupprecht, SAIC, 1991

Look at Paul Klee’s “The Thinking Eye.”

Look at “Point and Line to Plane” – Kandinsky.

When drawing the figure in space, use empathy – project yourself into the picture plane. Move yourself to the center of the picture plane.

Every action demands a reaction: in and concave – out and convex; in and up – out and down.

Implies counter-movement.

Make things bend for the demands of the flat surface.

Like movement in Cezanne’s Madame Cezanne.

In Cezanne’s landscapes, things get bigger as they go back in space – he’s projected himself into the landscape.

Think of Dufy’s scene through a fence.

Check out the view down Michigan Avenue towards the bridge.

Look up Munch again. Look for the catalog with seltzer bottle/bowler hat.

Development of the idea is the most important part – spend most time here. Perceptual or conceptual space?

Look at Odilon Redon in print and drawing room. “The Painter’s Eye.” or Mind.  Romare Bearden, Carl Holty.

Wolf Kahn landscapes.

Cimabue – those weird hands!


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