OFFERING: A sketchbook of the Belgian artist, Simone Schmidt [1912-1997] reserved for high points of her creative process, with 17 finished Brussels landscapes, including in Uccle and Nassogne, dated as, "de 1962 à 73" on the upper side, each drawing completed on one side of the paper in charcoal with other media, two with pastel, two with gouache and thirteen with pencil. The drawings were done in clusters, 1964 (8), 1968 (3), 1970 (3), and 1973 (3). The deeply felt works offer a pictorial record of the soul of the artist and the sketchbook ends with two rhapsodic, three-color abstract gouaches that are both the summation of a lifetime of making art and a leap forward. CONDITION: Sheets: bright and clean, a few with slightly bent tips, a few with light edgewear. / Covers: some edgewear, scattered spots and stains. / Binding: solid and reliable, wire hole no. 35 slit. FORMAT: Spiral wire bound, cardstock on the upper side, board on the lower side. SIZE: 210 x 270 mm, ten drawings oriented on the long side, seven on the short side. DOCUMENTATION: 15 drawings are documented. Thirteen have identified views, of which, eleven are dated and two are signed and dated (Drawings 14 and 15). There are also two dated, unidentified views. While there is no documentation for the final two works, they can be reliably dated to 1973. DRAWINGS IN IMAGES DESCRIBED: No. 4 (1964); charcoal & pencil, a composition, from which emanates a deep wellspring of feeling not often found in modern European art. It continues an exploration of boundaries that imbue with mystery the structures they delineate. A grouping of houses follows the contour of the bottom of a slope. Beyond, a hill rises to an unseen summit; in the foreground, curving back towards the viewer, houses and sheds along a curve of roadway; between them, a stand of trees, leaning away from the viewer towards an unseen sun, forms a field of energy, a mystery of growing. / No. 11 (1968); charcoal & pencil, oriented towards the vertical, a landscape that is a recognizable pattern of hills, trees, homes, cows, and vegetation but also something largely unrecognizable, unknowable and alive. A highly original drawing that strikes out against the idea of a placid, well-ordered countryside and exploits every aspect of the charcoal medium to create a palpable sense of wonder and a living, evolving expanse. / No. 13 (1970); pencil & charcoal, a superb, mystical, representation of the unfolding of the land, showing a high hill view to low hills and lowlands beyond and a ridge running across the horizon. Roads, fields, hills, tumuli, protuberances of rocks and vegetation; arboreal masses and the distant horizon; all become tissue of the earth. / No. 16 (ca. 1973); charcoal & gouache, oriented towards the vertical, a deeply felt, rhapsodic abstract exploring being in the light. FOR ADDITIONAL IMAGES: please request. MY LISTINGS: 1) Click my name in bookseller field. 2) Click bookseller-payment information. 3) Click my name again. My exclusive listings can now be searched by keyword, catalog, etc. N° de ref. de la librería
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