WWII Red Chalk Drawing of European Town (signed, original art)

Nicely rendered sanguine chalk drawing signed by the artist and showing a cluster of old stone buildings with an ox drawn covered wagon and driver heading up hill in the foreground. The heavy quoining on the masonry buildings projects the historical depth of a European town in France or Belgium. The scene is quiet and may represent early morning activity before the main working class has risen for the day although the shadows are not really long enough to suggest anytime before late morning. So it is probably not a weekday, but a Saturday morning with the apron wearing tradesman helping his oxen climb the steep incline without the added burden of his own weight on the wagon. He may be a butcher, fisherman, baker or other blue color merchant heading to market for the day. And apparently the birds have been stirred off their ledges by the wagon's presence and now circle nearby as the only other living creatures visible in the scene.

If the 41 is short for 1941 as one might expect, then the setting might even be an abandoned town ahead of threatening wartime occupation where a single townsman still plies his trade despite the impending crises. The paper has no watermarks. The retaining wall in the foreground is flanked by a second one also with stairs and may indicate that a waterfront is outer of view and off to the right. There are three crosses and two steeples among the taller roof profiles. The taller sunlit building on the right has cathedral-style windows. There is even the ruins of a round tower in front of the cathedral that is partly blocked by the larger building along the right margin. There are no modern utilities or other mid 20th century intrusions in the scene which is also not unexpected for a more remote and small European town in 1941.

I have had no luck in identifying the artist whose name can be read as R. H COSON, R. HOBSON, R. H CUSON, R. HODSON, or . . . . If any viewer can help identify the artist or the setting, kindly drop me a note - thanks. The drawing was cherished by its owner who kept it over her bed and passed on at 90+ years of age about 5 years ago. I acquired it from her estate and little other information was known about it. One does not know if it was drawn by her son, her lover or a friend. So if you are looking for a chalk drawing that will display well in most any setting or lighting, then do consider this one since it is artist signed, dated and interesting to look at and ponder.

ITEM DETAILS: ARTIST: R. H ??SON (not fully legible).

ORIGIN: unknown (but setting is European, possibly France or Belgium).

TITLE: None.

DATE on DRAWING: 41 (which probably signifies 1941).

MEDIUM: Red Chalk (Sanguine).

MATERIAL: Heavy textured paper or card stock.

IMAGE SIZE: Image is about 11 3/4 by 8 3/8 inches (full sheet size is 12 3/4 by 11 inches).

IMAGE CONDITION: Very good condition with no foxing, stains, folds, tears or creases within the image area (there is, however some foxing on back side and some glue-scaring along the margin outside of the image area on the front; see all photos).

UNFRAMED: Image was under glass when acquired and has been removed since it was not professionally matted or framed.

SIZE: The full sheet that retains this drawing measures 12 3/4 by 11 inches and has margins of varying size due to a missing margin section as the photos reveal. The drawn image area is about 11 3/4 by 8 3/8 inches. The drawing still has ample margin space for matting and framing.

CONDITION: This chalk drawing is in excellent condition with no smears or rubs from mishandling. The textured paper had been glued onto a thin matting and so there are some glue scars along the top and bottom edges that still would not show when matted. There is also a small 1 1/2 by 1 inch section of the margin torn from the lower left corner (see photos) that also will not show after matting. The image area of the drawing which was not covered by the matting has mellowed and toned over time and this is evident in the first two photos. Finally, there is some foxing on the back side (verso) of the thick paper but no foxing within the image area on the front. Beyond that, there are NO handling smears, NO stains and NO restoration. The chalk is in the same condition as it was on the day when artist finished this drawing some 70 years ago. In the last photo, there is a strip of white paper that has been place across the drawing to show the color of paper on which the drawing has been rendered.

NOTE ON CHALK DRAWINGS: As many critics know, drawing is among the purest form of art. It is the medium that cannot hide or lie and so when you are looking at a drawing, you are seeing the artist in his or her purest form and skill. And unlike some paintings mediums where one can simply cover up or change things until they look right, drawing in chalk cannot be erased or inconspicuously covered over. In chalk, then, we are seeing today the original thoughts and skills of an artist as he/she rendered them into line. As such, a drawing will tell rather clearly whether the artist has reached the status of a Master or is struggling to capture bits of nature using a unforgiving two dimensional medium. So if you are looking for a nice original signed work of art from the early 1940s, then make sure you seriously consider this one while it is still available. And as always, this red chalk drawing also comes with my Docs Antiques `no fault' satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund.

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Item ID: RL235.a478

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