Nicholas – Son of the Artist by Rubens (Charcoal copy by George Hoffman in 1975)

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Niclaus - Son of the Artist by Peter Paul Rubens -Copied by George Hoffman in 1975 at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Nicholas – Son of the Artist by Peter Paul Rubens -Copied by George Hoffman in 1975 at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

I can’t believe it was 41 years ago but in 1975 I went to Cleveland, Ohio for a training class for Automatic Sprinkler to learn how to design fire protection systems. While I was there, I visited the Cleveland Museum of Art and took my drawing tablet and an art box with pencils, charcoal, etc. I was able to sit down in front of Ruben’s portrait of his son and fell in love with his work. I checked and it must have been a visiting exhibit because it isn’t in Cleveland now.

Here is his original drawing. In this work, he used only four colors – black, white, red and brown Conte Crayons on toned paper.

This drawing by Rubens is a good example of his use of ony four colors of conte crayons and charcoal - White, Black, Red and Brown.
This drawing by Rubens is a good example of his use of only four colors – conte crayons and charcoal – white, black, red and brown – on toned paper.
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