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Artists working in drawing

Alberto Giacometti said that “drawing is the basis of everything" – and indeed, when it comes to art, drawing is a key starting point: for painting, for learning how to represent the world, even for sculpture in order to understand how forms fit together…



For a long time, drawing was not considered an art form in its own right. Instead it was simply part of an artist's training or the preparatory stages for creating a final artwork. Over time, drawing has gradually showed itself to be an complex and diverse discipline that is worthy of attention.



Artists and theorists specialised in drawing focussed on this practice to redefine it and expand its scope. What was before mostly referred to with the prefix “preparatory" took on a variety of forms and clearly demonstrated that the medium should be considered as an important part of the visuals arts.



Drawing has always been a part of the history of art, from the very first instance of visual art in prehistoric caves to the 21st century. It has continued to evolve depending on the time period and place, just like painting and sculpture. However, it was in the 19th century, when drawing began to be recognised as a medium in its own right that it became even more diverse.



Drawing forms the basis of many artistic practices, including designers, architects, stylists, graphic artists, and illustrators, but above all, it is also a real means of artistic expression in the same way as other forms of visual arts.



Visual artists were able to raise it to the rank of an artistic discipline by exploring new and varied drawing techniques and by using different media.



Whether done with Indian ink, gouache, watercolour, pen, pencil, marker pen or charcoal, drawing is, like any other artistic practice, subject to standards and classified according to a number of artistic movement. Drawings can be described as abstract, figurative, graphic, geometrical, and hyper-realistic.



On Artsper, you'll find artists specialised in drawing who work in a wide range of styles and embody the diversity that is present in contemporary drawing: you'll discover Mario Kolaric's minimalist works, Izumi Kato's intriguing portraits, Eduardo Arroyo's sketches, or Ernest Pignon-Ernest's street art style…

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JonOne

United States

Salvador Dali

Spain

Robert Combas

France

Mel Ramos

United States

Pablo Picasso

Spain

Valerio Adami

Italy

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Bulgaria

M.Chat

Switzerland

Philippe Pasqua

France

Arman

France

Hervé Di Rosa

France

Max Ernst

Germany

Erró

Iceland

Sam Francis

United States

Antonio Segui

Argentina

Gottfried Salzmann

Austria

César Baldaccini

France

Seen

United States

Eduardo Arroyo

Spain

Corneille

Netherlands

Liu Bolin

China

Emanuele Ravagnani

Italy

Marc Chagall

France

Valérie Hadida

France

Yaacov Agam

Israel

C215

France

Pierre Alechinsky

Belgium

Jacques Villeglé

France

Alekos Fassianos

Greece

Marian Williams

Netherlands

David Shrigley

United Kingdom

Jean Cocteau

France

Kumi Sugaï

Japan

John Matos Crash

United States

Daru

France

Michael Grine

United States

Li Baoxun

China

Wifredo Lam

Cuba

Lantomo

Italy

Gor Avetisyan

Czech Republic

Antoniucci Volti

Italy

Guy Denning

United Kingdom

Virut Panchabuse

Thailand

Speedy Graphito

France

Maiko Kobayashi

Japan

Tom Wesselmann

United States

Roberto Matta

Chile

Alice de Miramon

France

Amedeo Modigliani

Italy

Walasse Ting

United States

Sumit Mehndiratta

India

Philippe Buil

France

Hom Nguyen

France

Mimmo Rotella

Italy

Ben

France

Patrick Villas

Belgium

Markus Lüpertz

Germany

Mimmo Paladino

Italy

David Gerstein

Israel

Fernando Botero

Colombia