Monday, June 04, 2012


OK, so these posts spilled over into more than a week, but here are some more scans from original Gruger drawings that show his masterful draftsmanship.

Gruger uses foliage to add abstract design to his drawing.

Gruger spent 45 years working long hours, creating thousands of complex pictures using not much more than a pencil.  He found infinite variety in the marks of carbon on paper.

Saturday Evening Post, April 10, 1926

Gruger constructed face after face, employing a full variety of features.

Gruger was an original member of the "charcoal club" founded by John Sloan in 1893.  There, Gruger worked nightly alongside other young artists such as Robert Henri, William Glackens and Everett Shin in a vacant studio, exploring the glories of charcoal.

And in the right hands, charcoal is truly a glorious thing. 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy is astonishing! And I've never heard of him before, what a shame. Thanks for the nice posts!

6/05/2012 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Norm said...

No comments?....everyone must have been renderd speechless by the greatness that is Gruger.

6/05/2012 6:57 PM  
Blogger Sarah-Bodera said...

His work is both intimidating and inspiring. I especially love the foliage piece. He renders shadows wih so much grace! Beautiful.

6/06/2012 2:37 AM  
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6/06/2012 7:00 AM  
Blogger Diego Fernetti said...

Note the composition that has a "skinny leg" axle line pointing to the face of the central figure.

6/07/2012 6:43 PM  
Blogger David Apatoff said...

It's nice to see people picking out the hidden attributes that make these drawings work so effectively (many of which I did not spot myself).

6/09/2012 7:18 AM  
Blogger Rigadoon said...

The interrogation of the coat?
and the coat beautifully drawn.

6/10/2012 12:23 PM  
Blogger Michael Fraley said...

I've loved Gruger's work for years. Thank you so much for reminding us of his great talent.

8/31/2012 12:43 AM  
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