Kris somerville art H a u nted The Drawings of Romaine Brooks Winter 2006 / the Missouri revieW 79 Death and the Peasant, 1930. Graphite on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Artist The Soldier at Home, 1930. Graphite on paper Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Artist In 1930, after Romaine Brooks sprained her leg, her doctor prescribed bed rest. The artist shut herself in her room in her Parisian 80 the Missouri revieW / Winter 2006 It Makes the Dead Sing, 1930. Graphite on paper Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Artist apartment on rue Raynouard and used the seclusion to begin her memoir, No Pleasant Memories. She also returned to her childhood love of drawing. During her time in a convent school in Italy, her blackboard caricatures of the nuns had gained her notice. Now she picked up a pencil and paper and followed the sweeping, wiry line Winter 2006 / the Missouri revieW 81 Enemy Fat, 1930. Graphite on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Artist as it created eerie, fantastic shapes. The simplicity and fluidity of her pen-and-ink sketches both surprised and interested her. They evolved from
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Mar 6, 2006
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