Process: Learning From Unfinished Artworks

How might studying the underdrawings and underpaintings of master artists help us understand their process (material and otherwise). Why is it that, despite these artists living in very different times and making work in very different cultures, the rule of "loose before tight" or "basic before detailed" seems to be so pervasive? What can that teach us as artists or as people in general about the way the human mind tends to master a problem? 

Alice Neel (see video below)

Albrecht Durer

Adolph Menzel

Leonardo da Vinci


Michelangelo

Perino del Vaga (left) / Rembrandt (right)

Bruegel The Elder

Lucian Freud

Check out "Unfinished" opening this spring (March 18 - Sept. 4) at The MET in NYC

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