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Modern Drawings

Modern drawings are any works on paper executed in a drawing medium such as ink, crayon, or pastel since the advent of Impressionism. This art form is an integral part of the creative practice of artists ranging from Edgar Degas to Pablo Picasso and Louise Bourgeois.

Drawing offered these and other artists an accessible way to elaborate their thought processes and plan the composition of their artworks. They were able to quickly draw their ideas before creating them in other media that required more entailed strategies of fabrication.

While drawing has been used to produce preparatory sketches since at least the Renaissance period, modern artists prize the austere and spontaneous aesthetic of drawings, creating them as works of art in their own right.


Quick Facts

  • In 2013, Wright Auctions of Chicago sold a Picasso drawing for $746,000. The drawing was completed in 1943 and features the artist's mistress Dora Maar
  • Modern drawings offer an excellent way to purchase a first-rate artist's work at a more accessible price point than a painting or sculpture of comparable quality
  • While Impressionist artists such as Claude Monet and Edgar Degas are most renowned for their paintings, they were also prolific draftsmen. Modern drawings by these artists, often of some of their most iconic subjects, are available at a fraction of the price of one of their paintings

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Keith Haring
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Eduard Thöny – Der Tag des Bildes (Der letzte Maler)
Nov 30, 6:00 PM CET
Eduard Thöny – Der Tag des Bildes (Der letzte Maler)
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Eduard Thöny – Verratene Liebe (Clown)
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Eduard Thöny – Verratene Liebe (Clown)
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Eduard Thöny – Heilsarmee
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Keith Haring
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Keith Haring
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Lyonel Feininger – Heuhaufen (Haystack)
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Lyonel Feininger – Heuhaufen (Haystack)
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Lyonel Feininger – Horse Frightened by Locomotive (Horse frightened by locomotive)
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Lyonel Feininger – Horse Frightened by Locomotive (Horse frightened by locomotive)
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Paul Signac – „La Rochelle“ („La Rochelle“)
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Gustav Alfred Müller – „Plauen“ („Plauen“)
Dec 07, 2:30 PM CET
Gustav Alfred Müller – „Plauen“ („Plauen“)
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Georg Tappert – Betty sitzend (Betty, sitting)
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Georg Tappert – Betty sitzend (Betty, sitting)
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Max Radler – „Mutter, kann man Äpfel auch essen?“
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Sellers Who Sell Modern Drawings


Karl & Faber

Karl & Faber

Karl & Faber - Timed

Karl & Faber - Timed

Novartia

Novartia

Galerie Bassenge

Galerie Bassenge