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Everyday life Drawing

Drawing is undoubtedly one of the oldest forms of human expression. Even in the prehistoric times, humans used drawings to represent the world around them. Drawing has been central not only to artists learning how to capture reality but also for fashion designers wanting to sketch out designs, or architects and engineers needing to create detailed images of buildings or machines. Overtime, drawing has hugely diversified. Innovation by artists and those using drawings for non artistic purposes has resulted in the existence of a wide variety of techniques.

Genre drawing depicts everyday life with ordinary people. Although it changed overtime, even with the first prehistoric drawings we can see aspects of the daily life of men and women represented on the walls of their caves.

In Antiquity, wealthy Romans also used painted mosaics to illustrate their lives and actions in their homes, examples of this were found at the Villa Casale in Sicily (listed as UNESCO World Heritage).There is also some evidence that Romans used metalpoint (generally silver although gold, copper or lead could also be used) on paper or parchment coated with gum powder and coloured pigments to produce artworks.

Artists have always been inspired by their environment and have never ceased to represent the world around them. Drawing forms the basis of artists’ understanding of the human body and the world around them. They will first learn to look carefully at the world around them. They might choose to capture simple things around them: a still life or a child playing. With coloured pencils, charcoal drawings, chalks or pastels, artists have immortalised the scenes around them from ordinary actions to extraordinary festivities.

Many great masters were fond of genre scenes and everyday life drawings. While these drawings often took the form of preliminary sketches, they could also be artworks in themselves. For example, in the 17th century Rembrandt produced a substantial portfolio with hundreds of drawings, including many depicting scenes of everyday life. For example, “Saskia in Bed”, a drawing in pen and brown ink, represents an nurse watching over his wife who lies ill in bed.

Everyday life drawings have evolved throughout art history but still have valued place within the visual arts, particularly in modern and contemporary art. In fact, it is one of the first courses offered to budding artists at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. As Giacometti famously stated, “If we master a bit of drawing, everything else is possible”.

Artsper offers a wide selection of drawings representing realistic, figurative or abstract scenes of everyday life. Explore works by famous contemporary artists as well as drawings by new emerging talents like Soufiane Ababi, Virginie Barré, Shadi Alzaqzouz.

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Fernand Louis Gottlob, Commérages, Fine Art Drawings

Fernand Louis Gottlob

Commérages, 1901
45.5 x 31 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€703

Pascal Marlin, Jungle men, Fine Art Drawings

Pascal Marlin

Jungle men, 2021
32 x 24 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€350

Yanne Kintgen, Poésie 4, Fine Art Drawings

Yanne Kintgen

Poésie 4, 2021
21 x 27 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€1,035

Rudyard Heaton, Sans titre 14 (DED359712), Fine Art Drawings

Rudyard Heaton

Sans titre 14 (DED359712), 2018
30 x 40 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€240

Gwendoline Hausermann, Some girls #2, Fine Art Drawings

Gwendoline Hausermann

Some girls #2, 2019
45 x 32 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€750

Maurice Douard, Street n-3, Fine Art Drawings

Maurice Douard

Street n-3, 2019
110 x 75 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€1,500

Jonathan Huxley, Black stuff, Fine Art Drawings

Jonathan Huxley

Black stuff, 2014
25 x 40 x 3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€1,500

Marcela Zemanova, Noir et rouge III, Fine Art Drawings

Marcela Zemanova

Noir et rouge III, 2020
46 x 69 x 0.4 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€490

Carmen Selma, L'entrée pour les garçons, Fine Art Drawings

Carmen Selma

L'entrée pour les garçons, 2018
29.5 x 40 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€477

Agathe Wagner, Le grand saut 5, Fine Art Drawings

Agathe Wagner

Le grand saut 5, 2017
50 x 70 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€500

Jean Jansem, La partie de cartes, Fine Art Drawings

Jean Jansem

La partie de cartes, 1965
24 x 32.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€1,250

Laëtitia Vernieux, Impact, Fine Art Drawings

Laëtitia Vernieux

Impact, 2019
60 x 80 x 4 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€1,840

Frank Girard, Décembre, Fine Art Drawings

Frank Girard

Décembre, 2017
76 x 56 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€1,840

Albena Vatcheva, La forêt enchantée, Fine Art Drawings

Albena Vatcheva

La forêt enchantée, 2021
77 x 57 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€1,200

Michael Bastow, The Artist, Fine Art Drawings

Michael Bastow

The Artist, 2018
70 x 128 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€6,000

Jean Cocteau, Le Malade, Fine Art Drawings

Jean Cocteau

Le Malade, 1934
49 x 34 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€18,000

Mimmo Rotella, The Waiter, Fine Art Drawings

Mimmo Rotella

The Waiter, 1987
29 x 21 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€1,200

Romain Duris, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Romain Duris

Untitled, 2019
29.6 x 20.4 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€2,000

Elips, La lumière, Fine Art Drawings

Elips

La lumière, 2021
29.7 x 21 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€360

Simon Goldberg, Loneliness in Paris, Fine Art Drawings

Simon Goldberg

Loneliness in Paris, 1950
19.5 x 14 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€400

Mariette Lydis, Petite fille, Fine Art Drawings

Mariette Lydis

Petite fille, 1930
30 x 25 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€500

Petites Luxures, Cunique au monde, Fine Art Drawings

Petites Luxures

Cunique au monde, 2019
53 x 43 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€900

Loreto Verrocchia, Le bar du marché à Sète, Fine Art Drawings

Loreto Verrocchia

Le bar du marché à Sète, 2019
30 x 40 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€550

Fernando Garcia Monzon, Cheers 2, Fine Art Drawings

Fernando Garcia Monzon

Cheers 2, 2016
30 x 40 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€500

Ellina Zhanu, Perfect sense, Fine Art Drawings

Ellina Zhanu

Perfect sense, 2020
49 x 65 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€350

Céline Pierzchala, Théo le grand garçon# #159, Fine Art Drawings

Céline Pierzchala

Théo le grand garçon# #159, 2018
21 x 28 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€120

Vita Opolskyte, Untitled IX, Fine Art Drawings

Vita Opolskyte

Untitled IX, 2020
21 x 30 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€300

Jorge Castillo, Little Theater, Fine Art Drawings

Jorge Castillo

Little Theater, 1960
20.3 x 25 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€1,200

Shaka, Prédation #2, Fine Art Drawings

Shaka

Prédation #2, 2020
200 x 130 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€11,000

Enrico Sacchetti, Ritual, Fine Art Drawings

Enrico Sacchetti

Ritual, 1920
72 x 54 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€1,500

Tchago Martins, The famous artist arrived at the open market, Fine Art Drawings

Tchago Martins

The famous artist arrived at the open market, 2015
30 x 21 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€350

Luigi Bompard, Bourgeoisie, Fine Art Drawings

Luigi Bompard

Bourgeoisie, 1905
28.5 x 20 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€750

Xiao Duzi, Pub no.1, Fine Art Drawings

Xiao Duzi

Pub no.1, 2019
50 x 40 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€605

Allen Jones, Cascade, Fine Art Drawings

Allen Jones

Cascade, 1999
22 x 11 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€7,500

Renzo Vespignani, Couple of Figures in the Nature, Fine Art Drawings

Renzo Vespignani

Couple of Figures in the Nature, 1949
19 x 14 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€480

Vladimir Shinkarev, Goethe. The Sorrows of Young Werther, Fine Art Drawings

Vladimir Shinkarev

Goethe. The Sorrows of Young Werther, 2001
20 x 24 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€1,200

Abraham Dayan, La Poupée, Fine Art Drawings

Abraham Dayan

La Poupée, 2019
42 x 33 x 3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€216

Henri Wormser, The Hairstyle, Fine Art Drawings

Henri Wormser

The Hairstyle, 1950
23.8 x 31 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€350

John Torcapel, Clocher, Fine Art Drawings

John Torcapel

Clocher, 1947
21.5 x 32.5 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€562

Gianpaolo Berto, Homage to Picasso, Fine Art Drawings

Gianpaolo Berto

Homage to Picasso, 1974
41 x 55 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€600

Paul Garin, In Good Company, Fine Art Drawings

Paul Garin

In Good Company, 1950
26.2 x 32 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€400

Carlo Rivalta, Pharmacist, Fine Art Drawings

Carlo Rivalta

Pharmacist, 1930
11.5 x 17 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€1,900

Chas Laborde, People Conversation, Fine Art Drawings

Chas Laborde

People Conversation, 1930
31 x 20.3 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€650

Jean Albert Grand-Carteret, Interior, Fine Art Drawings

Jean Albert Grand-Carteret

Interior, 1930
25 x 32 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€400

André Maire, Monks at the well, Fine Art Drawings

André Maire

Monks at the well, 1950
25.4 x 18.6 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€380

Raminta Blazeviciute, From beauty series, Fine Art Drawings

Raminta Blazeviciute

From beauty series, 2018
36 x 28 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€120

Aether Lin, Walk along the underpass, Fine Art Drawings

Aether Lin

Walk along the underpass, 2020
35 x 50 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€1,145

Fu Tang Ji, The bone in my hands, Fine Art Drawings

Fu Tang Ji

The bone in my hands, 2017
24 x 44 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€730

Patrick Bew, Abandon IV, Green & Pleasant Land, Fine Art Drawings

Patrick Bew

Abandon IV, Green & Pleasant Land, 1998
86 x 61 x 4 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€550

Topolino, Mes nuits apaches, Fine Art Drawings

Topolino

Mes nuits apaches, 2017
29.7 x 21 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€240

Marco Santaniello, Akihabara Street, Fine Art Drawings

Marco Santaniello

Akihabara Street, 2020
67 x 90 x 3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€4,500

Joël Fougman, Dreux, Fine Art Drawings

Joël Fougman

Dreux, 2019
40 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€300

Fernande Cormier, Dessin d'une paysanne, Fine Art Drawings

Fernande Cormier

Dessin d'une paysanne, 1918
21 x 19 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€375

Alcides Calizaya, Which one for the people?, Fine Art Drawings

Alcides Calizaya

Which one for the people?, 2018
100 x 80 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€400

Julien Cuny, La Poétesse, Fine Art Drawings

Julien Cuny

La Poétesse, 2021
65 x 50 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€280

Fabrice Montignier, Le Voyeur / Peeping Tom d'après le film de Michael Powell (1960), Fine Art Drawings

Fabrice Montignier

Le Voyeur / Peeping Tom d'après le film de Michael Powell (1960), 2012
37 x 37 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€390

Léon Laurent Galand, Berty Seuron 1ère danseuse, Fine Art Drawings

Léon Laurent Galand

Berty Seuron 1ère danseuse, 1935
57 x 43 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€843

Kevin Perkins, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Kevin Perkins

Untitled, 2019
86 x 60 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€2,000

Julien Spiewak, Etude, musée Cognacq-Jay (Paris), Fine Art Drawings

Julien Spiewak

Etude, musée Cognacq-Jay (Paris), 2016
30 x 21 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€500

Karine Secret, Les Spaghettis, Fine Art Drawings

Karine Secret

Les Spaghettis, 2021
23 x 15.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€250

José Cori, Bar, Fine Art Drawings

José Cori

Bar, 2020
40 x 30 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€350

Giusy Lauriola, Tutti al mare, Fine Art Drawings

Giusy Lauriola

Tutti al mare, 2020
21 x 14.8 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€190

Caisa Sandgren, Solkatt (série), Fine Art Drawings

Caisa Sandgren

Solkatt (série), 2020
33.5 x 50 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€750

André Even, Moulin à Pont-Aven, Fine Art Drawings

André Even

Moulin à Pont-Aven, 1960
20 x 28 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€500

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