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Drawings

Drawing is a two-dimensional art form accomplished with many different mediums. Graphite pencils or ink and paper are most popular, but drawings can be done with a variety of color and monochrome utensils on cardboard, plastic, leather, or canvas. While it has transformed into a 21st-century art form through technological tools for the phone, tablet, and computer, drawing is one of the earliest creative endeavors. Homo sapiens began to draw as a way to communicate with one another before written language was developed.

The use of drawing in the arts increased exponentially when paper became readily available to the masses in the 14th century. During the Renaissance, drawing was brought to the forefront as a means to depict realistic forms, geometry, and philosophy. Although masters like da Vinci, Durer, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Rubens, Degas, van Gogh, and Picasso are all accomplished draughtsmen, drawing is often thought of as an intermediate form of art. Some artists employ underdrawing as a preparatory step in their painting, and many use it to flesh out their ideas before beginning a finished product in paint or marble.

After the advent of photography, drawing moved to the background as a way to realistically depict figures and environments; however, it is still used today as a primary or secondary form of artistic expression. Drawings command equally high prices at auction as paintings or sculptures. “Beach Scene with a Boat” by contemporary artist Lucian Freud sold for $4.3 million at Sotheby’s London in 2011, a record for a drawing by that artist. A year later, a Raphael sketch called “Head of a Young Apostle” sold at the same house for $47.8 million, an overall record for a work on paper to that date.

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ANTON CETIN Untitled - Woman with Colourful Bird
Feb 25, 1:00 PM CST
ANTON CETIN Untitled - Woman with Colourful Bird
by Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting
Est: $400- $500
$34012 Bids
DANIEL FITZPATRICK (AMERICAN, 1891-1969)
Feb 23, 10:00 AM CST
DANIEL FITZPATRICK (AMERICAN, 1891-1969)
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $200- $500
$2509 Bids
ROBERT DICKERSON, 1924-2015, The Lawyers, Charcoal, 54 x 75cm Frame size 59 x 79cm
Feb 27, 7:00 PM AEDT
ROBERT DICKERSON, 1924-2015, The Lawyers, Charcoal, 54 x 75cm Frame size 59 x 79cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD4,000- AUD6,000
AUD8008 Bids
Clyde Singer Charcoal Drawing, Young Woman in Profile
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
Clyde Singer Charcoal Drawing, Young Woman in Profile
by Neue Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$4257 Bids
CHARLES ADDAMS (NY/NJ, 1912-1988)
Feb 25, 11:00 AM EST
CHARLES ADDAMS (NY/NJ, 1912-1988)
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $2,000- $2,500
$2,2007 Bids
ANTON CETIN Untitled - Woman Looking Toward the Sun
Feb 25, 1:00 PM CST
ANTON CETIN Untitled - Woman Looking Toward the Sun
by Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting
Est: $400- $500
$2206 Bids
MEXICAN STILL LIFE PENCIL DRAWING BY RUFINO TAMAYO
Feb 24, 10:00 AM EST
MEXICAN STILL LIFE PENCIL DRAWING BY RUFINO TAMAYO
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$4255 Bids
Norman McLaren 1946 Abstract Sketch Drawing
Feb 24, 11:00 AM EST
Norman McLaren 1946 Abstract Sketch Drawing
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $50- $15,000
$1405 Bids
Delightful rendition of five hogs in a landscape drawn by H. Bush - Ohio
Mar 17, 6:00 PM EDT
Delightful rendition of five hogs in a landscape drawn by H. Bush - Ohio
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$305 Bids
THORNTON FISHER ORIGINAL DRAWING OF JOE MEDWICK SIGNED BY MEDWICK
Feb 23, 10:00 AM CST
THORNTON FISHER ORIGINAL DRAWING OF JOE MEDWICK SIGNED BY MEDWICK
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $100- $300
$1505 Bids
Wolf Kahn "Row of Trees" Pastel on Paper
Mar 03, 12:00 PM EST
Wolf Kahn "Row of Trees" Pastel on Paper
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$6004 Bids
Norman McLaren 1946 Abstract Figural Sketch
Feb 24, 11:00 AM EST
Norman McLaren 1946 Abstract Figural Sketch
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $50- $15,000
$804 Bids
Norman McLaren 1946 Abstract Figural Sketch
Feb 24, 11:00 AM EST
Norman McLaren 1946 Abstract Figural Sketch
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $50- $15,000
$804 Bids
HILDA MORRIS SUMI-E INK ON PAPER
Feb 27, 6:00 PM PST
HILDA MORRIS SUMI-E INK ON PAPER
by O'Gallerie
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$8504 Bids
Chris Ofili (British, b. 1968) - Untitled
Feb 27, 12:00 PM EST
Chris Ofili (British, b. 1968) - Untitled
by Freeman's | Hindman
Est: $5,000- $8,000
$5,0004 Bids
"Camogli"
Feb 24, 10:00 AM CET
"Camogli"
by Auktionshaus Mehlis GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€904 Bids
CLAUDINE AUDETTE-ROZON - Old Elevator
Feb 25, 1:00 PM CST
CLAUDINE AUDETTE-ROZON - Old Elevator
by Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting
Est: $45- $60
$263 Bids
LE MAYEUR de MERPRÈS, Adrien Jean (1880-1958)
Mar 08, 10:00 AM CET
LE MAYEUR de MERPRÈS, Adrien Jean (1880-1958)
by Auctions Van de Wiele
Est: €400- €600
€4003 Bids
Norman McLaren Signed Abstract Figural Drawing
Feb 24, 11:00 AM EST
Norman McLaren Signed Abstract Figural Drawing
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $50- $15,000
$803 Bids
Framed Pastel, Sunrise Scene
Feb 23, 9:00 AM EST
Framed Pastel, Sunrise Scene
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
Howard Finster (1916-2001) Signed and Dated Ink and Paint on Wood, Preacher
Feb 25, 10:00 AM PST
Howard Finster (1916-2001) Signed and Dated Ink and Paint on Wood, Preacher
by Hughes Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$3003 Bids
Signed Picture by C. Bradley 33-1/4” W x 19-1/4” H at widest points
Feb 23, 9:00 AM EST
Signed Picture by C. Bradley 33-1/4” W x 19-1/4” H at widest points
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
Eyre Crowe (1824-1910) Drawing On Paper
Feb 24, 10:00 AM MST
Eyre Crowe (1824-1910) Drawing On Paper
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids

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Fichter Kunsthandel

Fichter Kunsthandel

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Auktionshaus Mehlis GmbH

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Schmidt Kunstauktionen Dresden OHG

Schmidt Kunstauktionen Dresden OHG