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From Life: Drawing the Figure

[ Exhibition )

This is a FREE exhibition located in our Print Room on the ground floor.

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Discover our collection of life drawings and explore a subject that has always fascinated artists – the human body.

The art of life drawing allows us to look, study and understand the human form, with all its strengths and vulnerabilities. Art teachers teach their students the essentials through working from a live model in the studio. For many artists, this early training goes on to have a profound impact on their later work. Figure drawing reveals the inner lives of both artist and subject, as can be seen in works in the exhibition by Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff and John Minton.

From Life: Drawing the Figure will highlight recent works by Tracey Emin and Claudette Johnson and will focus on the development of modern ways of drawing in the twentieth century. The exhibition will show how life drawing continues to hold significance for artists working today.


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