Apr 11, 2022
Apr 11, 2022

Anias Nin 10-01-73 1

Anias Nin 10-01-73 1

1973

Don Bachardy

(American, 1934-)

Graphite and ink wash

Sheet: 76.2 x 55.9 cm (30 x 22 in.)

Gift of the Artist 2021.179

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Did you know?

Bachardy was the inspiration for novelist Christopher Isherwood’s most famous book, A Single Man.

Description

Los Angeles based portraitist Don Bachardy is known for his meticulous portraits of celebrities, but he has also made thousands of portraits of artists, authors, and intellectuals in the circle of his and his partner, novelist Christopher Isherwood. When making his drawings, he works directly from life in close proximity to the sitter in sessions that last up to four hours and require the sitter to remain still the entire time. Devoid of setting, save for a sofa or chair, his portraits tend to focus on the subtlety of emotions revealed by the eyes, nose, and lips.

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Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing
Credit line: 
Gift of the Artist

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