Artists at work

Deanna Petherbridge, Anita Sganzerla

This catalogue accompanies an exhibition, spanning from the 16th to the 20th centuries, of an exceptional private collection that explores the rich subject of artists at work.
Date Published :
May 2018
Publisher :
Paul Holberton Publishing
Editor :
Ketty Gottardo
Illustration :
50 Illustrations
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This selection of drawings from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, mainly from the Katrin Bellinger Collection, illustrates the variety of ways in which artists have represented themselves and others making art. Accompanies an exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery, London.

Artists have long taken pleasure in representing themselves at work, in their studios or academies, out and about in a landscape or recording their own likeness. Immersed in nature, artists are often shown almost lost in the geographical vastness they are recording. Depictions of the artist in the studio are about creative concentration and introspection and, like self-portraits, are reflections on practice and identity. The care taken in recording the studio apparatus of easels, palettes, or assistants grinding pigments, indicates their significance for practitioners. The studio might be the everyday workshop of dirty brushes and sculptural debris, but it is also the place of allegory and myth where artists perform or dream.

About The Author

Deanna Petherbridge CBE is an artist, writer and curator primarily concerned with drawing.

Anita is Associate Lecturer in Early Modern Art at The Courtauld, London, and also works as an independent scholar and curator.

Ketty Gottardo is curator at the Courtauld Gallery;


“Delightful ... turns the spotlight on the artists themselves."

- Country Life, May 2018

"Conveys historical breadth and the range of ways artists have captured the artistic act and the environments in which it happens... absorbing."

- Evening Standard, May 2018

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