Le Chinois

A copy in charcoal and pastel of a bronze by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1872).  It was done from life at the Detroit Institute of Art; took about 25-30 hours.

Carpeaux was a master at capturing the individuality of his subject.  There is another piece of his in the museum, a terra-cotta study, called “The Smoker”.  It is of a cranky looking old guy with a cigarette jammed onto the corner of his mouth as he looks over his shoulder.   My son laughed when he saw it, it reminded him of some kind of cartoon character.  Indeed, it has such character that it almost speaks in a gruff, gravely half-growl!

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