Tuesday, 18 September 2012


In keeping with our current theme of preliminary sketches, today I am posting some unpublished sketches by Bernie Fuchs.

I have long admired the designs in Fuchs' finished pictures.  I assumed that, like everybody else, his working drawings would show a lot of sweat as he struggled with different compositions to achieve those beautiful designs.  Fuchs clearly worked hard, but after looking at a hundred sketches, I was struck by the way his sense of design seemed to be inherent in everything he touched, from the very start.

The simplest, earliest  marks in his sketches were applied with a sense of grace

The forthcoming book on The Life and Art of Bernie Fuchs will include a substantial collection of his unpublished sketches.