“Greuze [1725–1805] is normally known for genre pictures, but here he’s trying to embrace a mythological subject, showing Aegina visited by Jupiter,” Woodall explains. “It’s a study for a painting in The Met, and the drawing focuses on the figure. It looks back to classical statuary, reminding you of images like the Vatican Ariadne. This drawing is all in red chalk, and it seems so quick a study. The red chalk flows so easily with no erasing.”

In the latest issue of Drawing magazine we visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) as part of our “Curator’s Choice” series. Dena M. Woodall, the associate curator of prints and drawings at the MFAH, selected more than a dozen drawings and other works on paper that are among her favorites in the collection.

She chose works by artists including Odilon Redon, Charles Burchfield, and Edward Hopper. Here, we’re happy to include a few more of Woodall’s selections. To read the full article, order a copy of winter Drawing or download a copy here, and be sure to subscribe to Drawing.

Edgar Degas: Woman Drying Herself

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