Copying Great Masters as an Exercise – Edgar Degas Amrita Sher Gil, Pierre Bonnard

 

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Above is my copy of the Edgar Degas work titled “Combing the Hair” (La Coiffure), 1896 (top).  I really liked working with these different tones of orange and the contrast of the purple in the dress of the servant girl on the right really tied everything together.

 

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The next one copied was a painting by Amrita Sher Gil titled, “Bride’s Toilet” (top).  I love the abstracted figures, the composition and the colours used in this work. It has a mystical other worldly look that I found impossible to capture.

I had some difficulty with this work and in the end, went my own way and did not look at the original at all.  My copy does not have the mood of what seems to be a candle lit room as seen in the original.  Copying this work helped me to accept various aspects of my figures that were out of proportion.

 

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The third one copied was “Wild Flowers”, 1916 by Pierre Bonnard

The unusual shape of the vase, the use of blue and brown together and the red reflected in the background and flowers combine to make this a great painting.  The subject is simple yet it speaks of majesty and wonder.

My copy is on the right.  I used potato cuts for the flowers to get some random shapes and went over them in detail later.  For the stems I used string dipped in acrylic paint and pressed into the paper.

Copying great masters can be fun.  You can learn a lot by by imagining what the artist may have been seeing and feeling all those years ago.  These three copies were painted in acrylic on paper.

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2 thoughts on “Copying Great Masters as an Exercise – Edgar Degas Amrita Sher Gil, Pierre Bonnard

  1. I agree! You can learn so much when such close inspection is required. You’ve done well and i like your last one best also. I too copied a painting last week. The sleeper by Tamara de Lempicka. For me it was matching flesh tones that was so difficult and time consuming. You’ve inspired me to try a few more.

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    • Thank you so much for your positive comments. I am a huge fan of Tamara Lempika and would love to see your work. Matching flesh tones can be a problem especially when you waste paint trying to find the right colour! I think I have it sorted now but still struggle with darker skinned people 🙂

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