Bust Portrait of a Handsome Male
Pencil on Paper
Simple lines that are nevertheless very recognizably George Dureau art. Comes unframed. This is a drawing that probably came from a large casual sketch pad, so it does have a few flaws. Not enough to bother me personally, however.
Artist George Dureau, New Orleans legend
George Dureau was one of New Orleans’ major 20th-century artists (b. 1930, d. 2014). His drawing style is instantly recognizable, as he was a notable draftsman, but he is just as well known for his photography. His pictures often included dwarves and amputees – not as a sort of freak show, but in order to expand the notion of beauty and “rightness.” His photos and drawings of black men inspired Robert Mapplethorpe, who was a friend. Both worked in a classical, formal tradition, but with a transgressive, contemporary flavor. Dureau is an icon in the history of New Orleans art.
George Dureau retrospectives
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
New Orleans Museum of Art
Here is a link to a description of Dureau from the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans.
Here is a link to a Wikipedia entry on George Dureau art and the artist.