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Each artist is a lifelong student. All the time you have to learn how to portray new angles, unusual objects. But the hardest thing is always given the image of people. This work of the French artist Georges-Pierre Seurat is a vivid confirmation of this.
This work has been stored for many years in a private collection, but you can’t call it a picture that people always admire. This is just a sketch of a very young, novice artist. The sketch was created in 1880, when Georges was only 21 years old. The artist will create his first famous work only three years later, and while he is learning to portray people.
On the sketch we see two figures. These are two men. The most difficult thing is always to depict a figure in action or in an unusual pose. It is this skill that the artist is trying to develop in himself, making such sketches.
In the right part of the work we see a man in full growth. He is engaged in fencing. We do not see his face - he has a special protective mask on him, in addition, the man has his back turned to us. He is wearing a white wide shirt and the same wide red pants. Apparently, this is a special clothing for training. The artist draws some folds on clothes. The man’s right hand is bent at the elbow and stretched forward - he trains in striking. The fighter’s pose is very confident and steady: the legs are widely spaced, the left hand rested on the side of the body. Around the man, the surroundings are a little drawn: vertical blue lines - the walls of the building, green horizontal strokes - the floor.
The second male figure has nothing to do with the first. This is a man dressed in a long blue coat, red pants and a hat of the same color. He lies and seems to be trying to crawl. We also do not see the person’s face - he is crawling to the other side of the audience.
Above the lying male figure there is another image. A thin, almost invisible line, the artist painted the head of a man.
Painting Court of Paris