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Drawing (France)

This is a Drawing. We acquired it in 1931. Its medium is recto: red chalk on white laid paper; verso: black chalk, graphite. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Sarazin executed this luminous sketch for a garden sculpture in red chalk, a medium that is mined and cut into sticks. Since the 15th century, artists have exploited its color to suggest living flesh. A more finished design would have guided Sarazin’s assistant in translating the drawing to carved stone.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled What Do the French Aristocracy and the Couturier Valentino Garavani Have in Common?.

This object was donated by Eleanor Garnier Hewitt.

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Drawing (France); recto: red chalk on white laid paper; verso: black chalk, graphite; 1931-64-242

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.

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