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Expressionist Female Figure in Ink, Mid 20th Century
By Richard Van Wingerden
Located in San Francisco, CA
This mid 20th century watercolor on paper Expressionist figure drawing is by Dutch-Californian Expressionist Richard Van Wingerden (1893-1969). A WPA artist, Van Wingerden studied wi...
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Mid-20th Century Expressionist Nude Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Soft Figure in Pink, Watercolor Painting, Circa 1940s
By Barbara Lewis
Located in San Francisco, CA
This circa 1940s pink watercolor on paper female figure is by Chicago-based painter, photographer, and printmaker Barbara Lewis (1925-2008). Lewis studied at the Art Institute of Ch...
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1940s American Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

Seated Expressionist Figure in Ink, Mid 20th Century
By Richard Van Wingerden
Located in San Francisco, CA
This mid 20th century ink on paper Expressionist figure is by Dutch-Californian Expressionist Richard Van Wingerden (1893-1969). A WPA artist, Van Wingerden studied with Thomas Hart ...
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Mid-20th Century Expressionist Nude Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Monochromatic Expressionist Figure in Ink, Mid 20th Century
By Richard Van Wingerden
Located in San Francisco, CA
This mid 20th century watercolor on paper Expressionist figure is by Dutch-Californian Expressionist Richard Van Wingerden (1893-1969). A WPA artist, Van Wingerden studied with Thoma...
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Mid-20th Century Expressionist Nude Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Paper

Female Figure Drawn in Drawing Class, Grey Ink Wash on Paper, 20th Century
By Rip Matteson
Located in San Francisco, CA
This monochromatic drawing of a female nude in a drawing class is by Oakland artist Rip Matteson (1920-2011). Matteson was educated at U.C. Berkeley, C.C.A.C, Scuola di Belle Arte in...
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Late 20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Untitled (Male Figure Facing Right)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Ink on paper Signed and dated, l.r. This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt Lake City, now lives in New York City. His works...
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1970s Realist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Abstracted Figure with Moon in Watercolor in Navy Peach and Yellow
By Hugh Wiley
Located in San Francisco, CA
This late 20th century watercolor on paper abstracted figure with an illuminated moon in navy, peach and yellow is by Northern California artist Hugh Wiley (1922-2013). Wiley studie...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

Female Figure in Blue Blue With Red Lipstick, Charcoal & Gouache Painting, 1999
By Rip Matteson
Located in San Francisco, CA
This 1999 charcoal and gouache on paper female figure with black hair with red lipstick and a blue and black skirt is by Oakland artist Rip Matteson (1920-2011). Matteson was educate...
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1990s American Modern Nude Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Charcoal, Gouache

Monochromatic Figure Drawing in Ink, 1976
By Jack Freeman
Located in San Francisco, CA
This 1976 Modernist ink on paper nude drawing is by San Francisco painter Jack Freeman (1938-2014). Freeman studied at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, landscape and figure drawin...
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1970s Modern Nude Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Blue and White Neoclassical Mythological Figure Drawing
Located in New York, NY
Blue and white neoclassical mythological figure drawing. Beautiful contemporary ensemble piece consisting of a hand drawn neoclassical goblet with a male and anthemion bordered rim w...
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Late 20th Century American Neoclassical Drawings

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Wood, Paper

Standing Nude Figure Drawing 1989 Graphite
By Rip Matteson
Located in San Francisco, CA
This 1989 graphite on paper figure drawing is by Oakland artist Rip Matteson (1920-2011). Matteson was educated at U.C. Berkeley, C.C.A.C, Scuola di Belle Arte in Rome, the Parsons S...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Nude Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Graphite

Untitled (Figure Drawing)
By Jacob Kainen
Located in Boston, MA
Signed lower right: "Kainen".
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1960s American Modern Nude Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Figure Drawing III
By Kiro Urdin
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Kiro has been painting professionally since 1985. He is known for his contemporary art paintings which have been exhibited worldwide since 1986. His art has been exhibited in cities ...
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Contemporary Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Archival Paper, Charcoal

Selection of Figural Drawings in Vintage Gilt Frames
Located in Atlanta, GA
Selection of figural drawings or gallery wall, French, circa 1960s. Artist unknown. Some executed in pen, some in pencil or chalk. Clockwise from the top, they measure 13.25" H x 17....
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Drawings

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Glass, Wood, Giltwood, Paper

Figure Drawing II (Framed)
By Kiro Urdin
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Kiro has been painting professionally since 1985. He is known for his contemporary art paintings which have been exhibited worldwide since 1986. His art has been exhibited in cities ...
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Archival Paper, Charcoal

Figure Drawing
Located in Kansas City, MO
Anne Herrero Title : Figure Drawing Materials : Graphite on paper Date : 2017 Dimensions : 24x18x1 Signed, COA provided About Anne Herrero: "My drawings and paintings include stil...
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2010s Realist Paintings

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Paper, Graphite

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H 24 in. W 18 in. D 1 in.
Figure Drawing
Located in Kansas City, MO
Anne Herrero Title : Figure Drawing Materials : Charcoal, graphite, white chalk on paper Date : 2018 Dimensions : 22x15x1 Signed, COA provided About Anne Herrero: "My drawings and...
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2010s Realist Paintings

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Paper, Graphite

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H 22 in. W 15 in. D 1 in.
Figural Drawing by Augustus John
By Augustus John
Located in Hudson, NY
This small pencil sketch of a man in three-quarter profile signed "John" is a preparatory work from a sketchbook. The image is quick and confident with an economy of line found in hi...
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Early 20th Century English Drawings

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Paper, Pencil

  • Figural Drawing by Augustus John
  • Figural Drawing by Augustus John
  • Figural Drawing by Augustus John
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H 20 in. W 10.5 in. D 1 in.
Abstracted Seated Figure Drawing 20th Century Ink and Ink Wash
By Rip Matteson
Located in San Francisco, CA
This 20th Century ink and ink wash on paper figure drawing is by Oakland artist Rip Matteson (1920-2011). Matteson was educated at U.C. Berkeley, C.C.A.C, Scuola di Belle Arte in Rom...
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Late 20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor, Ink

Figure, Drawing, Charcoal on Wood Panel
By Haydee Torres
Located in Yardley, PA
Gestural figurative charcoal drawing on a wood panel. Sealed for protection. Wired. Ready for hanging. Signature on the back. :: Drawing :: Contemporary :: This piece comes with an...
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2010s Contemporary Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Charcoal

Minimalist Figure Drawing in Graphite, Circa 1998
By Gerald Wasserman
Located in San Francisco, CA
This circa 1998 graphite on paper nude drawing is by Monterey/Carmel artist of Russian descent, Gerald Wasserman (1920-2011). Wasserman studied at the Chicago Art Institute and was ...
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1990s American Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Graphite

"Composition #17", Mixed Media Figure Drawing on Stretched Canvas with Collage
By Joseph Piccillo
Located in St. Louis, MO
Joseph Piccillo’s meticulous charcoal and graphite drawings and paintings reveal an exquisite draftsmanship tempered by emotional sensitivity. Piccillo presents an action-based assem...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Varnish, Canvas, Charcoal, Mixed Media, Pencil

Unveiling I - Contemporary Figure Drawing in Pen, Ink + Graphite
By Katherine Filice
Located in Gilroy, CA
In the first of "The Unveiling" series of works, Katherine Filice's signature hatching decorates part of a baroque-style form drawing. The subject matter is reminiscent of classical ...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Graphite, Ink

Six Framed (32 x 17 in) Charcoal Figure Drawings
By Maurice Newman
Located in New York, NY
Charcoal on wove paper mounted on Kraft paper. Each Individually framed with matte black wood frame (face: 3/4 Inches; height: 32 in. x width: 17 in.; outside frame depth: 1 3/8 in. ...
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1920s Art Deco Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Charcoal, Paper

Hand Made Studio Pottery Terracotta Bowl with Figural Drawing
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A hand made bowl in reminiscent of a Picasso style figural drawing. A wonderfully decorative piece, or to be used practically. A heavy and delicate piece with a great artistic repres...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Pottery, Terracotta

Unveiling III - Contemporary Figure Drawing Still Life Black & White
By Katherine Filice
Located in Gilroy, CA
“This mix of graphite and ink line-making, of old and new joining together was incredibly restorative for me to create. It’s soft and quiet. It is created very peacefully in my studi...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Graphite

"Femme de Boul" French Figure Drawing in Ink, 1940s
By Georgette London Owens
Located in San Francisco, CA
This 1940s ink on paper nude figure entitled "Femme de Boul" is by French-American painter Georgette London Owens (b.1924). Owens was born in Paris and studied at École des Beaux-Ar...
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1940s Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Yang Lee Female Figure Drawing on Black Paper Signed
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a captivating drawing on black paper depicting a whimsical female figure signed Yang Lee. Dimensions: 21.25 H x 18 W (framed). In excellent condition....
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20th Century Drawings

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Paper

Contemporary Modern Framed Charcoal Drawing Signed Drewe Nude Figure Drawing
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a lovely, framed, original charcoal drawing, of two seated nudes, signed Drewe. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 41" W x 48" H.  
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Late 20th Century Drawings

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Paper

Alchemy I - Contemporary Abstract Figure Drawing in Black & White Pen + Ink
By Katherine Filice
Located in Gilroy, CA
'Alchemy I' is a figurative contemporary drawing on paper, produced by artist Katherine Filice. A realistic rending of a human face is visually both suspended and supported by a co...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Graphite

Nude 10, Ellen Williams, Original Figure Drawing, Nude Portraiture, Affordable
Located in Deddington, GB
Nude 10 by Ellen Williams [2021] original Black ink pen on cartridge paper Image size: H:42 cm x W:29 cm Complete Size of Unframed Work: H:42 cm x W:29 cm x D:0.01cm Sold Unframe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Minimalist Figurative Drawings and Waterco...

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Paper, Ink, Pen

1950s "Mask" Mid Century Nude Ink Figure Drawing NYC Artist
By Donald Stacy
Located in Arp, TX
Donald Stacy "Mask" c.1950s Ink on paper 14" x 16.5" unframed Unsigned Came from artist estate *Custom framing available for additional charge. Please expect framing time between 3-5...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

California Post-Impressionist Figural Drawing 'Seated Nude with Mandolin'; LACMA
By Victor Di Gesu
Located in Santa Cruz, CA
A graphite study of a young woman, shown nude and seated on a couch, one knee drawn up, beside a table bearing a mandolin. Victor Di Gesu (American, 1914-1988) estate stamp verso; d...
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1950s Post-Impressionist Nude Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Graphite

Multicolor Abstracted Reclining Nude Figure Drawing
By Stewart Goldman
Located in Soquel, CA
Vibrant and dynamic abstracted nude figure drawing, depicted with expressive line and color by Stewart Goldman (American, b. 1936). Signed "S. Goldman" and dated "82" lower right. "S...
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1980s Expressionist Nude Paintings

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Paper, Oil Pastel

Alchemy II - Contemporary Abstract Figure Drawing in Pen + Ink + Graphite Black
By Katherine Filice
Located in Gilroy, CA
'Alchemy II' is a figurative contemporary drawing on paper, produced by artist Katherine Filice. Drawing from other works from the series, a figure is held in an elongated pose, as i...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Graphite

Feminine Figure - Drawing in Pen realized by Giovanni Nicolini - Early 1900
Located in Roma, IT
Feminine Figure is an original drawing in pen realized by Giovanni Nicolini (1872-1956). Hand-signed on the lower right, with the dedication to the artist "Cecconi" Good condition...
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Early 20th Century Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Pen

Seated Man - 20th Century British figure drawing by Carolyn Sergeant
Located in London, GB
CAROLYN SERGEANT (1937-2018) Seated Man in a Pullover Signed beneath the mount Chalk and grisaille wash over traces of pencil, heightened with white Unframed in mount only 53 by ...
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Late 20th Century Realist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Chalk, Watercolor

Untitled- One of a kind pencil and gold paint figure drawing on paper
By Juan C. Estrada
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Untitled 38 x 34 inches This piece is a one of a kind pencil and gold paint drawing on paper. 2015 ___________ Juan C. Estrada combines realism and surrealism in his work. Born in Sa...
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2010s Surrealist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Gold

Untitled- One of a kind pencil and gold paint figure drawing on paper
By Juan C. Estrada
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Untitled 39 x 26 1/2 inches This piece is a one of a kind pencil and gold paint drawing on paper. 2015 ___________ Juan C. Estrada combines realism and surrealism in his work. Born i...
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2010s Surrealist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Gold

Selection of Old Master Style Figural Drawings by Ana Rosa de Ycaza
By Ana Rosa de Ycaza
Located in Atlanta, GA
Selection of Old Master Style Figural Nude Drawings by Ana Rosa de Ycaza, circa 1950s. These are done in the Old Master style, but are circa 1950s. Ana Rosa was an artist, model, and...
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Vintage 1950s American Greco Roman Drawings

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Glass, Wood, Paper

18th 19th century Italian figure drawing - Creation Adam Eve - Pencil paper
Located in Varmo, IT
Italian artist of the 18th-19th century - The Creation of Eve. 20 x 28 cm without frame, 26 x 34 cm with frame. Ink drawing on paper, in wooden frame. - The design is based on the...
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Late 18th Century Old Masters Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Cool Toned Figure Drawing Late 20th Century Charcoal, Gouache and Pastel
By Anna Poole
Located in San Francisco, CA
This late 20th century charcoal, gouache and pastel figure drawing is by Swedish-American artist Anna Poole (1960-2012). Poole left Sweden to study at the SF Art Institute in the Bay...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Figurative Paintings

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Charcoal, Pastel, Gouache, Paper

HEROIC SPIRIT Signed Lithograph, Classical Nude Figure Drawing, Olympics
By Frederick Hart
Located in Union City, NJ
HEROIC SPIRIT is a hand drawn limited edition lithograph after the sketch by Frederick Hart for his sculpture entitled "Heroic Spirit" created for the ATLANTA SUMMER OLYMPICS. HEROIC...
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1990s Contemporary Nude Prints

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Lithograph

Nude Female Figure Black and White Pencil Drawing
Located in Houston, TX
Nude female figure drawing using a pencil. The piece is framed in a black frame with a plum-colored matte. Dimensions without Frame: H 13 in x W 10 in.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Nude Drawings and Watercolors

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Graphite

"Civilized to Death" (Contemporary, Nude Figure Drawing, Playful, Pink Painting)
By Nicholas Evans
Located in Paris, IDF
CIVILIZED TO DEATH 2019 Pink painting of a nude figure featuring typography which reads: “Civilized to Death.” A playful commentary on Nihilistic narcissism. Canvas is unframed. O...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic, Oil

Abstract Figure Drawing Yellow Gray Modern Contemporary Painting 48x12
By Svetlana Shalygina
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
"Theories of Personality" series #6 48" x 12" is an original, distressed yellow, weathered gray, white, abstract, figurative painting that incorporates a variety of visually intri...
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2010s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Paper, Varnish, Oil Pastel, Cotton Canvas, Mixed Media, Acrylic,...

'Entente', Salon d’Automne, French Post-Impressionist Equestrian Figural Drawing
By Henri Ottmann
Located in Santa Cruz, CA
Signed lower right, 'Henry Ottmann' (French, 1877-1927) and painted circa 1915. Born in 1877 in the Loire Valley, Henri Ottmann first exhibited in the Salon de la Libre Esthétique ...
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1910s Post-Impressionist Figurative Paintings

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Pencil, Paper, India Ink

Turquoise Gray Abstract Figure Drawing Modern Contemporary Painting 48"x12"
By Svetlana Shalygina
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
"Theories of Personality" series #5 48" x 12" is an original, distressed, turquoise, weathered, gray, abstract, drawing, modern, contemporary, figurative painting that incorporates ...
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2010s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Paste, Canvas, Paint, Paper, Varnish, Oil Pastel, Cotton Canvas, Mixed M...

Monochromatic Expressionist Interior with Figure, Ink Drawing, 1976
By Jack Freeman
Located in San Francisco, CA
This 1976 ink on paper scene is by San Francisco painter Jack Freeman (1938-2014). Freeman studied at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, landscape and figure drawing with Oskar Koko...
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1970s Expressionist Interior Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Orange Red Gray Abstract Figure Drawing Contemporary Figurative Painting 48x12
By Svetlana Shalygina
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
"Theories of Personality" series #4 48" x 12" is an original, fiery orange-red, distressed, weathered, soft gray, white, abstract drawing, figurative painting that incorporates a v...
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2010s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Stretcher Bars, Other Medium, Paste, Canvas, Paper, Varnish, Oil Pastel,...

Nude Figure Study Late 20th Century Charcoal Drawing
By Anna Poole
Located in San Francisco, CA
This late 20th century charcoal figure drawing is by Swedish-American artist Anna Poole (1960-2012). Poole left Sweden to study at the SF Art Institute in the Bay Area Figurative sty...
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Late 20th Century Feminist Nude Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Charcoal

Counterpoint - Pen and Ink on Paper (Giclee Print) Figure Drawing w/ Red Ribbon
By Katherine Filice
Located in Gilroy, CA
"Counterpoint" is an archival giclee print of Filice's pen and ink drawing she produced in 2018. There are 10 signed editions of this piece; 4 are available. Each is signed and on C...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Prints

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Archival Ink, Archival Paper, Giclée

Counterpoint - Pen and Ink on Paper (Giclee Print) Figure Drawing w/ Red Ribbon
By Katherine Filice
Located in Gilroy, CA
"Counterpoint," is an archival giclee print of Filice's pen and ink drawing she produced in 2018. There are 10 signed editions of this piece, 4 are available. Each is signed and on ...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Prints

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Archival Ink, Archival Paper, Giclée

Colorful Abstrcted Standing Figure 1962 Watercolor
By Jack Freeman
Located in San Francisco, CA
This 1962 watercolor on paper figure drawing is by San Francisco painter Jack Freeman (1938-2014). Freeman studied at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, landscape and figure drawing ...
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1960s Abstract Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Seated Feminine Figure
By Reuven Rubin
Located in New York, NY
In this pencil drawing, Rubin indicates a feminine figure through soft pencil strokes. The anonymous woman is leisurely seated and looks out at the viewer with subtlety. The drawing,...
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20th Century Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Pencil

"Chantel no. 1", figure line drawing of nude female standing
By Mel Reese
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ink drawing of female nude standing and leaning against a wall. This is 1 of 2 drawings of Chantel I created during a figure drawing session I attended during my MFA at SVA. Chantel...
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2010s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Archival Paper

"Chantel no. 2", figure line drawing of nude female lounging
By Mel Reese
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ink drawing of female nude lounging on the floor. This is 1 of 2 drawings of Chantel I created during a figure drawing session I attended during my MFA at SVA. Chantel is a dear fri...
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2010s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Archival Paper

"Laurel no. 1", figure line drawing of nude female lounging
By Mel Reese
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ink drawing of female nude lounging on her stomach with her legs up. This is 1 of 3 drawings of Laurel I created during a figure drawing session I attended during my MFA at SVA. It ...
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2010s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Archival Paper

Flirty Art Deco Motif Painted Coffee Table with Female and Male Figure Drawings
Located in Atlanta, GA
A European coffee table with an Art Deco themed painted top from the mid-20th century. A vintage coffee table from Europe has a rectangular-shaped top, just shy of four feet in lengt...
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Mid-20th Century European Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Man and Woman Henry Moore nude figure drawing for W.H. Auden poetry book
By Henry Moore
Located in New York, NY
Printed in inky black, Man and Woman features a rubenesque woman standing in profile to the right of the picture, her hands placed lightly on her stomach. She glances past the viewer...
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Late 20th Century Modern Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

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Figure Drawing For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the figure drawing you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. In our selection of items, you can find Modern examples as well as a Contemporary version. Finding the perfect figure drawing may mean sifting through those created during different time periods — you can find an early version that dates to the 18th Century and a newer variation that were made as recently as the 21st Century. If you’re looking to add a figure drawing to create new energy in an otherwise neutral space in your home, you can find a work on 1stDibs that features elements of beige, gray, brown, white and more. There have been many interesting figure drawing examples over the years, but those made by Mila Akopova, Leo Guida, Rip Matteson, Katherine Filice and Audrey Anastasi are often thought to be among the most thought-provoking. Artworks like these — often created in paper, ink and paint — can elevate any room of your home.

How Much is a Figure Drawing?

The average selling price for a figure drawing we offer is $542, while they’re typically $115 on the low end and $158,947 for the highest priced.

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The supplies and methods used by artists and illustrators to create drawings and paintings have evolved over the years, and so too have the intentions. Artists can use their drawing and painting talents to observe and capture a moment, to explore or communicate ideas and convey or evoke emotion. No matter if an artist is working in charcoal or in watercolor and has chosen to portray the marvels of the pure human form, to create realistic depictions of animals in their natural habitats or perhaps to forge a new path that references the long history of abstract visual art, adding a drawing or watercolor painting to your living room or dining room that speaks to you will in turn speak to your guests and conjure stimulating energy in your space.

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