Artwork Description / Detail
Cecilia and Joanna
Russell Flint’s expert anatomical knowledge and background in medical illustration was used to great effect in his drawings of the female form. Preferring to work in coloured chalks and crayon rather than pencil, he was also very particular about the materials he used, favouring antique hand-made paper, some of which dated from the 17th and 18th centuries. This he felt was ‘more sympathetic, in a mysterious way, more receptive than modern makes’. These papers came from a variety of sources including his collection of old French account books.
‘Cecilia and Joanna’, which was presented as a gift to Cecilia and her husband John at the beginning of 1966, is an excellent example of Russell Flints superb draughtsmanship. Each line is drawn with confidence, economy and precision; the complex folds of the models’ skirts are beautifully observed and the subtle shading of the red crayon creates a wonderful range of warm tones throughout the picture.