Private tour of Artists at Work at The Courtauld Gallery

Fri 18 May 2018 : 9:30am – 10:30am

Drawing Room is pleased to offer Drawing Circle members, and a limited number of Network members, the opp​ortunity to attend a private tour of Artists at Work at The Courtauld Gallery with exhibition curator Deanna Petherbridge. Through a selection of drawings from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, this exhibition aims to illustrate the range in which artists have represented themselves and others making art.

Deanna Petherbridge, artist and curator of Artists at Work and author of the highly acclaimed publication The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice, will conduct a private tour of the exhibition at The Courtauld Gallery.

Artists have long taken pleasure in representing themselves at work, in their studios or academies, out and about in a landscape or recording their own likeness. Immersed in nature, artists are often shown almost lost in the geographical vastness they are recording. Depictions of the artist in the studio are about creative concentration and introspection and, like self-portraits, are reflections on practice and identity. The care taken in recording the studio apparatus of easels, palettes, or assistants grinding pigments, indicates their significance for practitioners. The studio might be the everyday workshop of dirty brushes and sculptural debris, but it is also the place of allegory and myth where artists perform or dream. Through a selection of drawings from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, this exhibition aims to illustrate the range in which artists have represented themselves and others making art.

The event is part of Drawing Room's exclusive events programme for Drawing Circle members. If you wish to join the Drawing Circle and access our private events please contact Vishal Sumarria or visit our Join page.  PLACES ARE STRICTLY LIMITED

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Two artists drawing an antique bust (c.1660) by Jan de Bisschop, Pen and brown ink, brown wash, Private Collection, Courtesy of The Courtauld Gallery