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Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

MODERN STYLE

The first decades of the 20th century were a period of artistic upheaval, with modern art movements including Cubism, Surrealism, Futurism and Dadaism questioning centuries of traditional views of what art should be. Using abstraction, experimental forms and interdisciplinary techniques, painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers and performance artists all pushed the boundaries of creative expression.

Major exhibitions, like the 1913 Armory Show in New York City — also known as the “International Exhibition of Modern Art,” in which works like the radically angular Nude Descending a Staircase by Marcel Duchamp caused a sensation — challenged the perspective of viewers and critics and heralded the arrival of modern art in the United States. But the movement’s revolutionary spirit took shape in the 19th century.

The Industrial Revolution, which ushered in new technology and cultural conditions across the world, transformed art from something mostly commissioned by the wealthy or the church to work that responded to personal experiences. The Impressionist style emerged in 1860s France with artists like Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne and Edgar Degas quickly painting works that captured moments of light and urban life. Around the same time in England, the Pre-Raphaelites, like Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, borrowed from late medieval and early Renaissance art to imbue their art with symbolism and modern ideas of beauty.

Emerging from this disruption of the artistic status quo, modern art went further in rejecting conventions and embracing innovation. The bold legacy of leading modern artists Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Piet Mondrian and many others continues to inform visual culture today.

Find a collection of modern paintings, sculptures, prints and other fine art on 1stDibs.

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Style: Modern
Odalisque, Watercolour of a Female Nude
Located in Cotignac, FR
Late 20th Century watercolour on paper of a naked female figure before an open window. Signed bottom right but as yet not deciphered. Presented in carved, white painted wood frame. ...
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Late 20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor, Gouache

Scene with Figures and Carriages - Oil paint - Early 20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Scene with figures and carriages is a modern artwork realized by an Artist of the early 20th century. Mixed colored oil painting. Includes frame. Hand signed by the artist on the ...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Oil

Female Portrait - Drawing by Bruno Cassinari - 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Female Portrait is a modern artwork realized by Bruno Cassinari in 1970s. Ink and watercolor on paper. Includes frame Hand signed by the artist on the lower margin
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor, Paper, Ink

Landscape - Drawing - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Landscape is a modern artwork realized by an italian Artist of the mid-20th century. Mixed colored watercolor. Hand signed on the lower margin. Includes frame.
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

Landscape - Drawing - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Landscape is a drawing in Tempera realized in the Mid-20th Century. On the rear drawing in pencil. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft express...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil, Tempera

Modernist Conte Crayon Drawing Beach Scene David Burliuk Russian Futurist
Located in Surfside, FL
David Burliuk (Ukrainian, 1882-1967) Three figure on the beach (Hamptons, Long Island New York) Conte crayon drawing on paper. Hand signed lower left. Unframed Provenance: Bloomsb...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Conté, Crayon

Boxing - Drawing - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Boxing is a drawing realized in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive strokes.
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Wrestling - Drawing by André Meaux de Saint Marc - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Wrestling is a drawing realized by André Meaux de Saint Marc in the Mid-20th Century. Charcoal on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized t...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Charcoal

Portrait - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Portrait is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Charcoal ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expre...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

The Mill - Drawing by André Meaux de Saint Marc - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
The Mill is an etching realized by Paul Emile Colin in the Mid-20th Century. hand-signed. Numbered.Edition, 1/30. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized thro...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Charcoal

Portrait - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Portrait is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expr...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Pencil, Paper

Portrait - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Portrait is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Charcoal ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expre...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Portrait - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Portrait is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Charcoal ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expre...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Portrait - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Portrait is a drawing realized by Joseph Alexandre Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Charcoal Pencil on ivory-colored paper hand-signed. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artw...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Figure - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Portrait is a drawing realized by Joseph Alexandre Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Charcoal ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through ...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Hands - Drawing by André Meaux de Saint Marc - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Hands is a drawing realized by André meaux de Saint Marc in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Ancient Ruins - Drawing by Marcel Guillard - Early 20th century
Located in Roma, IT
Ancient Ruins is a drawing in Watercolor realized by Marcel Guillard (1896-?) in the early 20th Century. Good condition.
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Early 20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Sketch - Drawing by André Meaux de Saint Marc - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Sketch is a drawing realized by André Meaux de Saint Marc in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized throug...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Sketch - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Sketch is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expres...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Figures - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Figures is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expre...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Creature - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Creature is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expr...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Figures - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Figures is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expre...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Landscape - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Landscape is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft exp...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Feet - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Feet is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressi...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Portrait - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Portrait is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expr...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Child - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Child is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft express...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Pencil, Paper

Portrait - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Portrait is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expr...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Monkeys - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Monkeys is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expre...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Landscape - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Landscape is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft exp...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Trunk - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Trunk is a drawing realized in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil ivory-colored paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive strokes.
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Nudes - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Nudes is a drawing realized by Joseph Alexandre Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Charcoal on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through ...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Portrait - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Portrait is a drawing realized in the Mid-20th Century by Joseph Alexandre Colin. Charcoal ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through ...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Figure - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Figure  is a drawing realized in the Mid-20th Century by Joseph Alexandre Colin. Charcoal ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through d...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Nude - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Nude is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressi...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Pencil, Paper

Bears - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Bears is a drawing realized in the Mid-20th Century. Charcoal ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive strokes.
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Hyena - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Hyena is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft express...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Woman - Drawing by Jean françois Raffaelli - Early-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Woman is a drawing in Mixed Media realized by Jean françois Raffaelli in the Early-20th Century. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive...
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Early 20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Mixed Media

The Church - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
The Church is a drawing realized by Joseph Alexandre Colin in the Mid-20th Century. China ink ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized throu...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Parrot - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Parrot is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expres...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Crocodile - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Crocodile is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft exp...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Portrait - Drawing by Alfred Moitroux - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Portrait is a drawing realized by Alfred Moitroux (1886-1938) in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized throu...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Horse - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Horse is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft express...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Getting Rest - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Getting Rest is a drawing realized by Joseph Alexander Colin in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil ivory-colored paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized throu...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Portrait - Drawing - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Portrait is a drawing realized in the Mid-20th Century. Black marker pen. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive strokes.
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

Soldier - Drawing - Late 19th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Soldier is a drawing realized in the Late 19th Century. Pencil ivory-colored paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive strokes.
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Late 19th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Portrait - Drawing by Nicolai Sarguir - Early-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
The Mirror is a drawing realized by Nicolai Sarguir in the Early-20th Century. Charcoal ivory-colored paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through de...
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Early 20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Charcoal

Landscape - Drawing - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Landscape is a drawing realized in the Mid-20th Century. Watercolor on paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive strokes.
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor, Paper

Landscape - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Early-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Landscape  is a drawing realized by Joseph Alexandre Colinin the Mid-20th Century. Pencil ivory-colored paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through ...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Portrait of Bernadette - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Early-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Portrait of Bernardette Carpeaux is a drawing realized by Joseph Colin in the Early-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Hand-signed. Good conditions with slight foxing. T...
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Early 20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Pencil, Paper

Flowers - Drawing - mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Flowers is a modern artwork realized by an unkown Artist of in the mid-20th Century. Mixed colored watercolor. Hand signed "A. Pagano" on the lower margin. Includes frame
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Portrait of Molière - Drawing by Karl Hanny - Late-19th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Portrait of Molière is a drawing realized by Karl Hanny in the Late-19th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized throug...
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Late 19th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Woman - Drawing by François Guiget - Early-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Figure  is a drawing realized by François Guiget in the Early-20th Century. Charcoal white lead and watercolor. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through...
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Early 20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Charcoal

Portrait - Drawing by Joseph Alexander Colin - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Portrait is a drawing realized in the Mid-20th Century by Joseph Alexandre Colin. Pencil on ivory-colored paper Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Rider - Drawing by Gustave Flasschoen - Early-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Rider is a drawing realized by Gustave Flasschoen in the Early-20th Century. Charcoal and watercolor. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expr...
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Early 20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor, Charcoal

Gentleman - Drawing by Louis Emile Adan - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Gentleman is a drawing realized in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil ivory-colored paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive strokes.
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Portraits with Borsalino - Drawing by Louis Emile Adan - early 20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Getting Rest is a drawing realized by Luis Emile Adan in the early 20th Century. Pastel on ivory-colored paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pastel

Sketch - Drawing by Jean Bernardin - Early-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Sketch is a drawing realized by Jean Bernardin the Early-20th Century. Pencil on ivory-colored paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expr...
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Early 20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Sketch - Drawing by Carlos Raymond - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Sketch is a drawing realized Carlos Raymond  in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil and watercolor ivory-colored paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized throug...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil, Watercolor

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