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Drawing, the art or technique of producing images on a surface, usually Berthe Morisot: The Artist's Sister, Edma, with Her Daughter, Jeanne

Berthe Morisot: The Artist's Sister, Edma, with Her Daughter, Jeanne
The Artist's Sister, Edma, with Her Daughter, Jeanne, watercolour over graphite on paper by Berthe Morisot, 1872; in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C./Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection. Accession Number 1970.17.160

Drawing as formal artistic creation might be defined as the primarily linear rendition of objects in the visible world, as well as of concepts, thoughts, attitudes, emotions, and fantasies given visual form, of symbols and even of abstract forms. This definition, however, applies to all graphic arts and techniques that are characterized by an emphasis on form or shape rather than mass and colour, as in painting. Drawing as such differs from graphic printing processes in that a direct relationship exists between production and result. Drawing, in short, is the end product of a successive effort applied directly to the carrier. Whereas a drawing may form the basis for reproduction or copying, it is nonetheless unique by its very nature.

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