ARTISTE ET LE MODEL
Jules Pascin
WIDIN 1885 - 1930 PARIS
ARTISTE ET LE MODEL
WATERCOLOUR ON PAPER
SIGNED LOWER RIGHT: „PASCIN“
14,8 X 18,4 CM

The intensity and almost shameless truth of the metropolises night life is portrayed by Pascin with vigorous scrutiny. He depicts those scenes in many of his works which still today are touching, showing this secret world in an ironic but yet deeply sensitive manner.The delicacy of his drawing style is combined with the quick eye of the caricaturist working for Simplicissimus. Pascin models his colours in a seemingly contradictory and smooth way, blending them into intensive but also objective depictions of milieu and nocturnal forays.1 His works were not about crowds or groups of people. He rather depicted the individual in all his vulnerability and contradiction.


 Our little drawing does not need a lot of lines. Pascin brings the scenery to life skillfully and almost in the manner of a draft by only a few vigourous contours. The single coloured accentuations of half-tones only function as accessories, being supposed to smoothen the scenery. Both of the figures seem to be isolated and lacking connection, in spite of their physical closeness. Both are immersed in their own actions and thoughts. Lacking interaction and a direct glance, this setting reinforces the voyeuristic aspect which is present in many of Pascin’s works. 


[1] Diehl, Gaston: Pascin. Munich 1969.p. 12f.