Study No. 1 for "Ballerina"
Drawing played an integral preparatory role in the modernist sculpture of Chaim Gross, who used it to capture the poses of live models and to conceptualize his ideas for a work. This sheet served as a study for Ballerina (see illustration), featuring one of his favorite subjects—a female dancer or other performer. The drawing’s energetic hatch marks and looping scribbles anticipate the rough-hewn surface textures of the carved sculpture.
Graphite on green-grey, medium-weight, moderately textured laid paper
Sheet: 38 x 25 5/16 in. (96.5 x 64.3 cm) (show scale)
Signed in graphite, lower right: "Chaim Gross"
Designated Purchase Fund
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Chaim Gross (American, born Austria, 1904-1991). Study No. 1 for "Ballerina," ca. 1940. Graphite on green-grey, medium-weight, moderately textured laid paper, Sheet: 38 x 25 5/16 in. (96.5 x 64.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 42.418. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 42.418_PS4.jpg)
overall, 42.418_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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