Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
The human form has been a basic subject matter in art since the earliest artists. The figure, no matter how it is presented, can add impact to a work of art by adding the human element, the visual representation with which the artist and the viewer may immediately identify. The figure has been depicted in uncountable ways, from the exact realism of Andrew Wyeth to the extreme abstraction of Jillem De Kooning. This artist works with the figure that is neither greatly abstracted nor exactly represented. The intent of the drawing is not an imitation of the appearance of an individual, but is more an interpretation of that person. The drawings are representational, yet personal. Concern with the subject matter is balanced by a sensitivity to mood. Each person has his own individual character. Details are carefully selected to suit the qualities of each person. Most characters are unpleasant and unsettling, each in his own way. Others are humorous yet at the same time, pathetic. The characters seem almost like someone in a real situation, yet his surroundings are flat and lifeless. The drawings have the qualities of what might be called a subtle surrealism. The characters depicted are motionless and static, as though they are fixed in a still, unmoving space; caught in a moment of time. This quality which is so unlike the definite mobility of our experience produces a character belonging to another world.
Copyright 1970 Ann C. Hefty
Hefty, Ann C., "The Depiction of the Human Form in Drawing" (1970). Master's Theses. 1288.