On the easel today: This sketch by André Romijn pays homage to the artistic techniques of the 18th-century French Neoclassical era, evoking the style of Marie-Gabrielle Capet, a renowned artist of that time. In the sketch, there is a clear focus on the delicate rendering of the subject’s facial features, with soft shading techniques that provide a gentle yet detailed depiction of the contours of the face. The eyes are drawn with attention to the gaze, suggesting depth and personality, while the lips and nose are sketched with finesse to capture the subtlety of the subject’s expression.
The unfinished elements around the head, a combination of the hair and a ribbon, clearly this is a work in progress, inviting the viewer to focus on the completed facial details. The interplay of light and shadow in the sketch is nuanced, creating a three-dimensional effect and a sense of volume in the portrait. Romijn’s handling of the medium, graphite on paper, demonstrates a skilled balance between precision and freedom, adhering to the neoclassical emphasis on clarity and form while also imparting a modern sensibility to the portrait.
The overall impression is one of classical beauty rendered with a contemporary touch, reflecting both the historical significance of Marie-Gabrielle Capet’s own work and Romijn’s skill in portraiture.
This sketch will be the base for a painting as part of a new series, celebrating the Old Masters (including women!).