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Frank Lobdell

Figure Drawing No. 43

(Kansas City, Missouri, 1921 - 2013)

1963

Ink and graphite paper

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of the estate of Frank Lobdell

2014.28

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Frank Lobdell was closely associated with mid-20th-century Northern California artists who earned attention as Bay Area Figurative Painters for their gestural canvases depicting figures and landscapes. Unlike these colleagues who had renounced abstract styles, Lobdell remained committed to abstraction throughout his career. Influenced by Pablo Picasso, prehistoric sculpture and Clyfford Still, among other sources, Lobdell became best known for large, often ominous, paintings filled with abstract forms. A skilled draughtsman, from 1959 to 1965 he joined fellow artists Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bischoff in weekly figure drawing sessions. In these sessions, which offered him prized social interactions, Lobdell characteristically favored ink and wash for quickly rendered compositions that contrast the curves of the models with the geometry of the surrounding furniture.

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Signed and dated in the lower right in graphite

Keywords
Nude
Chairs
Ink drawing
Mixed media drawing
Female
Representational drawing
Figure