Ad Libs: Drawing the past and present | Ad Libs | Rebecca Wallace | Mountain View Online |

Local Blogs

Ad Libs

By Rebecca Wallace

About this blog: I grew up in Menlo Park and have long been involved with both local journalism and local theater. After starting my career as an editorial intern with The Almanac, I was a staff reporter for the Almanac and the San Mateo County Ti...  (More)

View all posts from Rebecca Wallace

Ad Libs: Drawing the past and present

Uploaded: Jul 30, 2013
The lights are dim, and some of the images require bend-in, squint-close viewing. Magnifying glasses hang on the walls here and there. We're grateful to find them.

It all makes sense when you reflect that we're looking at fragile drawings on paper from hundreds of years ago. Can chalk and graphite really live this long? If the conditions are right.

Now at the Cantor Arts Center, the Blanton Museum's "Storied Past" show of French drawings may not be the most dynamic of exhibitions, but up-close viewing has its rewards. Jean-Baptiste Greuze's delicate "Arms of a Girl Holding a Bird," carefully drawn in red chalk on cream paper. Nicolas Lancret's barely-there "Study of a Man" in black and white chalks. The subtlety of everyday life in a medium we've all tried our hands at.

Striking bright spots emerged where the artists used white chalk as highlights: on faces, figures, sparks of sky. In Theodore Rousseau's 19th-century "A Marshy River Landscape" (pictured), the glints of chalk in charcoal feel like hope on a dark day.

To read this blog in its entirety, go to Ad Libs.
We need your support now more than ever. Can we count on you?

Comments

There are no comments yet for this post

Follow this blogger.
Sign up to be notified of new posts by this blogger.

Email:

SUBMIT

Post a comment

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay informed.

Get the day's top headlines from Mountain View Online sent to your inbox.

Eat well and save the planet: Palo Alto author publishes plant-forward recipe bible
By The Peninsula Foodist | 0 comments | 3,224 views

For You, Readers
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 2,150 views

Abortion in America: a new perspective
By Diana Diamond | 9 comments | 1,866 views

 

Meet the Winners!

To show appreciation for the local business community, readers voted for their favorite places to eat, shop, work out or spend time with family and friends. The Mountain View Voice is proud to unveil this year's Best Of honorees.

View Winners