Graham Sutherland OM

Sketchbook 15

[c.1947–50]

Sketch of a standing man in a turning and twisting position

His head appears to show the influence of Picasso masks. There is a faint inscription at the top right of the page read CAT 12, perhaps a reference to some exhibition. There are various grubby marks, including a smear of ochre paint.

Created by
Graham Sutherland OM 1903–1980
Date
[c.1947–50]
Medium
Pencil on paper
Dimensions
215 x 140 mm
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Graham Sutherland OM, ‘Sketch of a standing man in a turning and twisting position’ [c.1947–50]

Details

Created by
Graham Sutherland OM 1903–1980
Title
Sketchbook 15
Date
[c.1947–50]
Format
Bound volume - sketchbook
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
Presented by Mrs Kathleen Sutherland, the artist's widow, in 1981.
Reference
TGA 812/15

Graphite, chalk, crayon, watercolour, and oil on paper, 69 pages, 9 pages and covers are missing, 215 x 140 mm

This sketchbook includes more than twenty drawings of Kathleen Sutherland seated in a variety of positions. It seems more than likely that these drawings were made when Sutherland was experimenting and thinking how to paint his first portrait; as this would explain the inclusion of copies of several portrait heads by Picasso, exemplifying an alternative approach.
There are also drawings with nature themes in this sketchbook, which range in date from 1947-1951, and two drawings for the Somerset Maugham portrait of 1949.

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