Another Image Sometimes a model just can’t let go. After my last drawing Geesje Kwak still lingered in my mind. I also happened to find more pictures of her, taken by Breitner. This photo is not from a model session I think but shows her in contemporary garments. Perhaps he bought them for her. Who knows. It seems some kind of puff sleeve dress, popular at the end of the 19th century. Portraits Again It is quite some time ago I did portraits like these such as my sans titre series. Reason enough to do another one. Because of the lockdown and teaching students 1-on-1 in my apartment I did not have time for my regular model. Apparently Geesje acts like a temporary surrogate muse. If she would have been living now I certainly would ask her to sit for me. Contrasts It goes beyond saying I like contrasts very much. Not only in the art work itself but also is consecutive works and even series. The last one I found attractive because of the subtle lighting. It seemed to put the stress on the fragile beauty of a child woman. This one is quite the opposite and her image looks like a gigantic repoussoir against nothing but blank space. It is powerful, even though the dark tones almost blur all recognizable details, especially in the face. So there was some interpretation to be made, also in the folds of the dress. Cubist Styling People who know me by now know that I am not your regular cubist. Perhaps time to refute ‘multi-perspectivism’ once again. This having said, to me it is all about the abstraction of the quantity and quality of forms, nothing more. Tonal values however rule my world and a correct use of them keeps the depiction plausible, even though it has become abstracted. The challenge therefor in this drawing was to play a hefty tone without facing the risk of rendering it too lumpish. Halfway I came to the conclusion I wanted to extrapolate some of the plains outside the delineation of the figure. The result is that these soft tonal regions contrast the dark mass inside the dominant figure. It even induces a feel of movement somehow. Graphite pencil drawing (Sakura 0.5 mm, Pentel 4B) on Talens Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm) - A4 format) Artist: Corné Akkers
Geesje Kwak – 13-05-21 was created by artist Corne Akkers in 2021. This art piece , which is part of the Drawings - Corne Akkers portfolio, is a Drawings / Sketch artwork. The style of this artwork is best described as Cubism, Fine Art. The genre portrayed in this piece of art is Portrait. The artwork was created in Pencil. The size of the original art is 30 (cms) H x 21 (cms) W.
Words which artist Corne Akkers feels best describe this work of art are: arte, art, arta, artista, artiste, artist, seni, sanat, kunst, فن, 艺术, कला, corne, akkers, corneakkers, clairobscur, creative, creativity, inspiration, dutch, finearts, graphite, iloveart, kunst, geesjekwak, breitner, portrait, portraiture, portret, celebrity, nederland, drawing, pencildrawing, pencil, potlood, bleistift, crayon, netherlands, realism, cubiste, kubisme, искусство, cubismo, cubistic, kubistisch, kubist, アート, الرسم, кубизм, مذهب, 立體主義, キュビズム, արվեստ, művészet.
My work can be seen in many countries all over the world. I employ a variety of styles that all have one thing in common: the ever search for the light on phenomena and all the shadows and light planes they block in. My favorites in doing so are oil paint, dry pastel and graphite pencil. It is not the form or the theme that counts but the way planes of certain tonal quality vary and block in the lights. Colours are relatively unimportant and can take on whatever scheme. It is the tonal quality that is ever present in my work, creating the illusion of depth and mass on a flat 2d-plane. I combine figurative work with the search for abstraction because neither in extremo can provide the desired art statement the public expects from an artist. Besides all that, exaggeration and deviation is the standard and results in a typical use of a strong colour scheme and a hugh tonal bandwith, in order to create art that, when the canvas or paper would be torn into pieces, in essence still would be recognizable.
I teach art (drawing / painting) at Voorburg, Netherlands where I have my second studio next to my first at The Hague, Netherlands, where I live.