Vieux sage Circa 1915
Vieux sage Circa 1915
Vieux sage Circa 1915
Vieux sage Circa 1915
Vieux sage Circa 1915

Vieux sage Circa 1915

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The original drawing "Vieux sage" by André Suréda, created circa 1915, is a captivating piece that embodies depth and wisdom through the portrait of an elderly man. Utilizing a mixed technique of charcoal and white chalk on tinted paper, Suréda captures not only the physical appearance of his subject but also his spiritual essence.

André Suréda, born in 1872 and passed away in 1930, was a French artist renowned for his portraits, genre scenes, and landscapes, often influenced by his travels in North Africa and the Middle East. His work is marked by a profound sensitivity to the culture and traditions of the regions he explored, reflected in his authentic and respectful representations of his subjects.

In "Vieux sage," Suréda depicts an elderly man dressed in traditional attire, likely of North African or Middle Eastern origin, as indicated by the turban and draped cloak. The old man's deeply observant and meditative gaze seems to pierce through the viewer, inviting reflection on the wisdom accumulated over the years. His long, well-groomed beard and the marked wrinkles on his face add a dimension of realism and dignity to the work.

Suréda's technique is particularly notable in this drawing. The choice of tinted paper provides a neutral background that makes the drawn details stand out. The white chalk is skillfully used to highlight the light areas, creating a striking contrast that brings the figure to life. The fluid lines and delicate shading demonstrate the artist's mastery in using dry mediums, allowing for a rich representation in texture and nuance.

Suréda's attention to detail in the clothing and facial features underscores his commitment to authenticity and ethnographic accuracy. Every fold in the fabric and every line on the sage's face are rendered with such meticulousness that they seem almost tangible. This level of detail not only enriches the visual composition but also adds a narrative dimension to the work, suggesting stories of life, culture, and tradition.

This 1915 drawing falls within a period in art history where European artists were increasingly fascinated by the exotic and non-Western cultures, often grouped under the term Orientalism. However, Suréda's approach stands out due to his genuine sensitivity and respect for his subjects, contrasting with the often fantastical and stereotyped representations by his contemporaries.

Mixed technique drawing

Religion - Maghreb - Morocco

Good condition, bug holes

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