When Degas told Ingres that he intended to be a painter, the master, after saying, C’est grave: c’est très grave,” added “Faites des lignes. Faites beaucoup de lignes.” And for half a century the living master has made lines, many lines, to what effect we all gratefully know. While the snobs of the brush labour to render the most expensive women and the richest fabrics cheap, the master-draughtsman shows us the wealth of beauty and consolation there is in perceiving and following out the form of anything.
© Estate of Walter R. Sickert
How to cite
Walter Richard Sickert, ‘The Study of Drawing’, in The New Age, 16 June 1910, pp.156–7, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate Research Publication, May 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/camden-town-group/walter-richard-sickert-the-study-of-drawing-r1104303, accessed 28 November 2020.