Study For "Evening Star"

Study For "Evening Star"

James Cowie

Artist:James Cowie
Cuminestown, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 1886 - 1956

charcoal and pastel on grey paper (4 pieces)

Although the finished painting "Evening Star" has Surrealist influences, Cowie's studies for finished paintings belong to a drawing tradition that dates back to the Renaissance.

Each part of the figure was accurately drawn and thought through before it was included in the final painting. In this work he seems to have changed his mind about whether the right leg should be placed apart from the left leg or next to it. In the final picture, he has changed his mind again and has placed the right leg slightly behind the left.


Purchased in 1988 with assistance from the National Fund for Acquisitions.
© The Artist's Estate (2002)
Overall: Height: 51 cm, Width: 30.2 cm
Acc. No. ABDAG008171

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