- Claude Lorrain, _An Artist Sketching with a Second Figure Looking On_, black chalk with dark brown wash on white paper, 8 1/2 â€œ x 12 5/8â€, 1635-40.
Lorrain’s drawings are as lauded as his paintings. They are considered to be far more spontaneous, often depicting figures wearing biblical or classical costumes, a departure from his earlier works in which figures wore contemporary dress. His series of drawings that show artists working in the open air are thought by some to be self-portraits.
This piece, An Artist Sketching with a Second Figure Looking On, is part of the exhibit, “Claude Lorrain: The Painter as Draftsman,” which will be on view at the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute in Williamstown through April 29. (413) 458-2303; www.clarkart.edu.