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Victor Hugo’s drawings

by | 1st, November 2016

When not writing Les Misérables, Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame) and other hugely popular books, Victor Hugo liked to draw.

Charles Hugo wrote of his father’s habitual artistry (via):

Once paper, pen, and inkwell have been brought to the table, [he] sits down and—without making a preliminary sketch, without any apparent preconception -sets about drawing with an extraordinarily sure hand: not the landscape as a whole, but any old detail. He will begin his forest with the branch of a tree, his town with a gable, his gable with a weathervane, and little by little, the entire composition will emerge from the blank paper with the precision and clarity of a photographic negative subjected to the chemical preparation that brings out the picture. That done, the draftsman will ask for a cup and will finish off his landscape with a light shower of black coffee. The result is an unexpected and powerful drawing that is often strange, always personal, and recalls the etchings of Rembrandt and Piranesi.

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Victor Hugo (1802-1885). “Entre classiques”. Paris, Maison de Victor Hugo.

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