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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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Jean-Luc Lopez, Rock and Roll, Fine Art Drawings

Jean-Luc Lopez

Rock and Roll, 2021
14.2 x 18.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$427

Marcela Zemanova, Joie, Fine Art Drawings

Marcela Zemanova

Joie, 2020
26.8 x 19.3 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$553 $615

Céline Pierzchala, Mimosa - lundi de Pâques #203, Fine Art Drawings

Céline Pierzchala

Mimosa - lundi de Pâques #203, 2021
11.7 x 16.5 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$174

Guillaume Cornet, The Crossing and the Big Bird, Fine Art Drawings

Guillaume Cornet

The Crossing and the Big Bird, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,635

Anne de Groot (Degann), Bedroom 7, Fine Art Drawings

Anne de Groot (Degann)

Bedroom 7, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,760

Véronique Hubert, Fille de Arbus et Arp II, Fine Art Drawings

Véronique Hubert

Fille de Arbus et Arp II, 2008
19.7 x 12.7 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$753

Rudyard Heaton, Sans titre 13 (DED359711), Fine Art Drawings

Rudyard Heaton

Sans titre 13 (DED359711), 2018
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$301

Gabrielle Rul, Le Libraire, Fine Art Drawings

Gabrielle Rul

Le Libraire, 2020
9.1 x 6.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$100

Nora Ampova, Cafe in Athens, Fine Art Drawings

Nora Ampova

Cafe in Athens, 2020
7.9 x 7.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$138

Pauline Di Valentin, Crossing TV, Fine Art Drawings

Pauline Di Valentin

Crossing TV, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$502

Jonathan Huxley, Black stuff, Fine Art Drawings

Jonathan Huxley

Black stuff, 2014
9.8 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,882

Mimmo Rotella, The Waiter, Fine Art Drawings

Mimmo Rotella

The Waiter, 1987
11.4 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,505

Kosta Kulundzic, The fall of Waimea, Fine Art Drawings

Kosta Kulundzic

The fall of Waimea, 2017
59.1 x 66.9 x 2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$8,155

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

Loreto Verrocchia

Le bar du marché à Sète, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$690

Maurice Douard, Street n-3, Fine Art Drawings

Maurice Douard

Street n-3, 2019
43.3 x 29.5 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,882

Topolino, Mes nuits apaches, Fine Art Drawings

Topolino

Mes nuits apaches, 2017
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$301

Stéphane Dupuis, Urban pose color 2, Fine Art Drawings

Stéphane Dupuis

Urban pose color 2, 2020
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$464

Eugenia Jaeger, Fille aux sacs poubelles, Fine Art Drawings

Eugenia Jaeger

Fille aux sacs poubelles, 2017
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,004

Laëtitia Vernieux, Impact, Fine Art Drawings

Laëtitia Vernieux

Impact, 2019
23.6 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,308

Yves Brayer, Vincente Escudero, Fine Art Drawings

Yves Brayer

Vincente Escudero, 1929
12.3 x 9.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,885

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

Carmen Selma

L'entrée pour les garçons, 2018
11.6 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$598

Enrico Sacchetti, Ritual, Fine Art Drawings

Enrico Sacchetti

Ritual, 1920
28.3 x 21.3 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,882

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

Renzo Vespignani

Couple of Figures in the Nature, 1949
7.5 x 5.5 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$602

Jean Jansem, La partie de cartes, Fine Art Drawings

Jean Jansem

La partie de cartes, 1965
9.4 x 12.7 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,568

Henri Wormser, The Hairstyle, Fine Art Drawings

Henri Wormser

The Hairstyle, 1950
9.4 x 12.2 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$439

Georges Carrey, Le Travail à la Longe, Fine Art Drawings

Georges Carrey

Le Travail à la Longe, 1920
11.8 x 9.4 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$376

Luigi Bompard, Bourgeoisie, Fine Art Drawings

Luigi Bompard

Bourgeoisie, 1905
11.2 x 7.9 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$941

Jeanne Daour, Lunapark, Fine Art Drawings

Jeanne Daour

Lunapark, 1950
5.4 x 7.5 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$376

Our recommendations Francine Van Hove, Etude pour "Les Bas noirs", Fine Art Drawings

Francine Van Hove

Etude pour "Les Bas noirs", 2010
30.3 x 22.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$3,136

Gianpaolo Berto, Homage to Picasso, Fine Art Drawings

Gianpaolo Berto

Homage to Picasso, 1974
16.1 x 21.7 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$753

Vicky Vakouli, Act III, Fine Art Drawings

Vicky Vakouli

Act III, 2016
55.1 x 80.3 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$6,273

Paul Garin, In Good Company, Fine Art Drawings

Paul Garin

In Good Company, 1950
10.3 x 12.6 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$502

George Grosz, Without Results, Fine Art Drawings

George Grosz

Without Results, 1925
25.6 x 20.7 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$47,673

Carlo Rivalta, Pharmacist, Fine Art Drawings

Carlo Rivalta

Pharmacist, 1930
4.5 x 6.7 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,384

Chas Laborde, People Conversation, Fine Art Drawings

Chas Laborde

People Conversation, 1930
12.2 x 8 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$815

Jean Albert Grand-Carteret, Interior, Fine Art Drawings

Jean Albert Grand-Carteret

Interior, 1930
9.8 x 12.6 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$502

André Maire, Monks at the well, Fine Art Drawings

André Maire

Monks at the well, 1950
10 x 7.3 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$477

Regina Gimenez, Enciclopedia universal ilustrada, Fine Art Drawings

Regina Gimenez

Enciclopedia universal ilustrada, 2008
51.2 x 63.8 x 1.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$11,291

Tarek Butayhi, Untitled 134, Fine Art Drawings

Tarek Butayhi

Untitled 134, 2015
8.3 x 11.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$700

Benjamin II Vautier, Ecole de dance, Fine Art Drawings

Benjamin II Vautier

Ecole de dance, 1935
13.4 x 18.5 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$626

Dwight Baird, Bonn Market, Fine Art Drawings

Dwight Baird

Bonn Market, 1985
11 x 15 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$750

Radha Ramyar, À la Sortie du Métro... Y a-t-il un Petit Espoir ?, Fine Art Drawings

Radha Ramyar

À la Sortie du Métro... Y a-t-il un Petit Espoir ?, 2010
59.1 x 63 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,255

Ellina Zhanu, Perfect sense, Fine Art Drawings

Ellina Zhanu

Perfect sense, 2020
19.3 x 25.6 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$452 $502

Miquel Wert, Kick off, Fine Art Drawings

Miquel Wert

Kick off, 2017
3.9 x 3.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$251

Daniel Casique, Ronda, Fine Art Drawings

Daniel Casique

Ronda, 2020
13.4 x 10.6 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$400

Marco Santaniello, Akihabara Street, Fine Art Drawings

Marco Santaniello

Akihabara Street, 2020
26.4 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$5,646

Tatiana Samoïlova, Couple, Cirque, Fine Art Drawings

Tatiana Samoïlova

Couple, Cirque, 2019
26.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,004

Leszek Rózga, January - a park, Fine Art Drawings

Leszek Rózga

January - a park, 1985
16.5 x 19.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$627

Harald Wolff, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Harald Wolff

Sans titre, 2020
12.2 x 20.1 x 1.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,066

Abraham Dayan, Savannah, Fine Art Drawings

Abraham Dayan

Savannah, 2019
15 x 18.5 x 1.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$180

John Torcapel, Clocher, Fine Art Drawings

John Torcapel

Clocher, 1947
8.5 x 12.8 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$558

Fernando Garcia Monzon, Cheers 2, Fine Art Drawings

Fernando Garcia Monzon

Cheers 2, 2016
11.8 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$627

Kathleen Ney, May 15th, 2020, Colorful figurative painting, Fine Art Drawings

Kathleen Ney

May 15th, 2020, Colorful figurative painting, 2020
18 x 12 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$375

Joël Fougman, Dreux, Fine Art Drawings

Joël Fougman

Dreux, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$376

Anna Wardega, No title (Waiting room), Fine Art Drawings

Anna Wardega

No title (Waiting room), 2020
9.8 x 13.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$314

Kevin Perkins, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Kevin Perkins

Untitled, 2019
33.9 x 23.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,631

Michael Bastow, The Artist, Fine Art Drawings

Michael Bastow

The Artist, 2018
27.6 x 50.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$7,527

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

Julien Spiewak

Etude, musée Cognacq-Jay (Paris), 2016
11.8 x 8.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$627

Wu Xiaohai, Nuit profonde, Fine Art Drawings

Wu Xiaohai

Nuit profonde, 2008
46.9 x 31.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$7,527

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

Vladimir Shinkarev

Goethe. The Sorrows of Young Werther, 2001
7.9 x 9.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,505

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

André Even

Moulin à Pont-Aven, 1960
7.9 x 11 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$627

Eleonora Drumeva, Triclinium, Fine Art Drawings

Eleonora Drumeva

Triclinium, 2014
18.5 x 24.4 x 0.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$301

Mariette Lydis, Petite fille, Fine Art Drawings

Mariette Lydis

Petite fille, 1930
11.8 x 9.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$627

Xiao Duzi, Pub No7, Fine Art Drawings

Xiao Duzi

Pub No7, 2020
15.2 x 20.9 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$3,500

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