25 November, 2009

Master Copies

Mary Cassatt, After Degas - detail
@ 32" x 26"
Casey Klahn

At the Easel

I like studying the master works of artists like Edgar Degas. This work is a copy of his well known Portrait of Mary Cassatt.


Melanie Rimmer said...

That's beautiful. It really captures the combination of vigour and sensitivity I so admire in Degas

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks, Melanie. Kind words, indeed.

I was complaining to myself @ how this is a skewed candid shot, and that the background is in process - but I still must have liked it enough to post.

jafabrit said...

I like this too. It is always a good exercise to do master copies now and again.
Hope you had a great thanksgiving.

Casey Klahn said...

We had an awesome Thanksgiving, Corrine. I wish you a merry Christmas, now, too.

Brian McGurgan said...

Looks like you've got Degas' stroke down, Casey - your marks here are really reminiscent of his. Very nice work, and glad to hear that you had a great holiday.

Casey Klahn said...

That's high praise, since I hold Degas among my top few all time masters. Thanks, Brian.

One thing I opted to do was to not grid the image, but to do the whole thing free hand. I'll post the final as soon as we get the photo.

Happy holidays to you and your family, Brian.

mansuetude said...

this for me is so sad; beautifully endowed with a sadness; it reminds me of a woman i know; she wouldn't mind if i said so; that darkness in her rising up.

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks for looking in, mansuetude!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Degas is great with figures, isn't he? I especially enjoy studying his work in person at the Portland Art Museum.

I agree with what others have said, that like Degas, your lines show no timidity. Great!

Casey Klahn said...

The Portland Museum has some awesome collection. I guess they have a Rothko, too?

Thanks for commenting, Katherine. I've been enjoying your blog, especially the tale of replaced pastels!

Robyn Sinclair said...

Very nice indeed.

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