Graphite and ink wash
Sheet: 76.2 x 55.9 cm (30 x 22 in.)
Gift of the Artist 2021.179
Bachardy was the inspiration for novelist Christopher Isherwood’s most famous book, A Single Man.
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.
The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email email@example.com.
To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.
Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.