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Contemporary Drawings

The tradition of drawing is as old as human civilization itself and continues to thrive today. In the modern world, which is becoming increasingly inundated with digital technologies, artists find comfort in the analog practice and aesthetic of drawing as they explore new ways to present this age old medium in a new light.

Drawing lays bare every line and indexical marking of the artist, thus thwarting any possibility to conceal error with over-painting or sculptural addition. While artists such as Jeff Koons employ cutting edge production techniques and scores of studio assistants to produce works of art that appear bereft of the artist’s hand, others look to emphasize the human qualities of their work.

Joe Bradley, Elizabeth Murray, and Mark Grotjahn are a few of the many artists who create contemporary drawings as an integral aspect of their practice. Bradley’s drawings appear elementary, hieroglyphic, and, at times, intentionally naïve like the work of a child savant. While Murray’s drawings also convey a sense of childhood wonder, they are graphically more complex and frenetic. Grotjahn is perhaps best known for his series of "Butterfly" works, paintings, and drawings, which appear in explosions of ray-like striations. They are highly geometric and seemingly scientifically precise.


Quick Facts

  • Contemporary artists employ the breadth of drawing media that has been used since the advent of the art form, including pastels, charcoal, and pencil
  • Since the advent of the camera, the ability to replicate objects from nature as they appear to the human eye has become an increasingly secondary to the artist’s capacity to convey emotion and his or her artistic worldview
  • Drawing embodies one of the oldest forms of communication. There is evidence that the act of drawing precedes written language

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James Castle – Recto/Verso: Untitled (two-sided drawing) (Recto/verso: Untitled (two-sided drawing))
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James Castle – Recto/Verso: Untitled (two-sided drawing) (Recto/verso: Untitled (two-sided drawing))
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Barry Le Va – „Shattered on Edge“
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Barry Le Va – „Shattered on Edge“
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B. BURGER (1892-1968), Female nude, Pencil
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B. BURGER (1892-1968), Female nude, Pencil
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B. BURGER (1892-1968), Figure with snake and reclining women, Pen drawing
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B. BURGER (1892-1968), Figure with snake and reclining women, Pen drawing
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Viking huts with gardens, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Viking huts with gardens, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Lake view with Scandinavian Archipelago, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Lake view with Scandinavian Archipelago, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Archipelago island with observation tower, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Archipelago island with observation tower, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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B. BURGER (1892-1968), The Matterhorn in the Mist I, Gouache
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B. BURGER (1892-1968), The Matterhorn in the Mist I, Gouache
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B. BURGER (1892-1968), The Matterhorn in the Fog II, Gouache
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CET
B. BURGER (1892-1968), The Matterhorn in the Fog II, Gouache
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Copenhagen View of the city skyline, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Copenhagen View of the city skyline, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Lake with vegetated shore and windmill, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Port facility with steamer and cranes, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Port facility with steamer and cranes, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Lake with green shore Sweden, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Gylliby Manor Sweden, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Swedish landscape with a view over the lake, 1962, Felt-tip pen
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CET
H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Swedish landscape with a view over the lake, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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Est: €45- €75
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Lake Siljan with Swedish cottages on the shore, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Lake Siljan with Swedish cottages on the shore, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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Est: €45- €75
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Swedish landscape with church, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Swedish landscape with church, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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Est: €45- €75
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Natural landscape with raft on stream, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Natural landscape with raft on stream, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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Est: €45- €75
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Rottneros Manor House with Park Landscape, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Rottneros Manor House with Park Landscape, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Tower in Swedish agricultural landscape, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Tower in Swedish agricultural landscape, Felt-tip pen
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Est: €45- €75
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Boat in Scandinavian Archipelago Archipelago, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Boat in Scandinavian Archipelago Archipelago, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Manned boat off archipelago island, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Manned boat off archipelago island, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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Est: €45- €75
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H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Archipelago islands in calm waters, 1962, Felt-tip pen
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CET
H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Archipelago islands in calm waters, 1962, Felt-tip pen
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €45- €75
€300 Bids
H. WINGLER (1896-1981), Swedish landscape with archipelago islands, 1962, Felt-tip pen
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