Jan 24, 2013

Portrait of an Old Man

Portrait of an Old Man

c. 1884

John Kavanagh

(American, 1857–1898)

Charcoal; framing line in graphite (lower margin)

Support: Yellow-brown wove paper

Sheet: 49 x 38.7 cm (19 5/16 x 15 1/4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. J. Weatherhead 1944.8



This charcoal study by Cleveland-based artist John Kavanagh shows the dramatic use of contrasting light and shade (chiaroscuro) and the detailed modeling favored by students at the Royal Academy in Munich, where the artist studied in the early 1880s.

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