Every Thursday, we share a favorite book about drawing and artists working in the medium.
“Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come” - Victor Hugo
French writer Victor Hugo (1802-1885) is often remembered through modern revivals of his masterworks, such as “Les Miserables” (1862) and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1831) becoming a widely successful musical and Disney film, respectively. In fact, for much of his career in France he was not taken seriously as an author. It was not until his return to France in 1870, after his 15 year exile, that he reached immense notoriety, becoming “virtually France itself” by his death in 1885. Not limiting himself to a single medium, Hugo worked in various forms of prose and visual arts, encapsulating the energy and essence of contemporary France. Visually, Hugo has a disposition for drawing, creating over 4,000 in the span of his career. Always experimenting, Hugo drew with any material that was handy, whether soot, coal dust, or coffee grounds if ink and pencil were not available; he also would experiment with his non dominant hand, or while looking away from the page. Hugo’s oeuvre of drawings show a world of thought and an underlying of the creative process also within his better known novels. 〰
Book: “Shadows of a Hand: The Drawings of Victor Hugo”,The Drawing Center and Merrell Holberton, 1998.
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