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Figure Studies

A work made of black marker on tracing paper.

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  • A work made of black marker on tracing paper.




Oscar Niemeyer
Brazilian, 1907-2012

About this artwork

Drawing was a love of Niemeyer from earlier on; as a child he would draw in the air with his finger. It was his love of drawing that led him to architecture and reinforces his belief, as written on this sketch, ”without drawing architecture does not exist,” that further emphasizes how integral drawing was to the development of his architecture. Niemeyer drew formal inspiration from organic forms in nature, but perhaps most prominent to his inspiration was his love of the female form. It is within the sinuous lines he drew in these figure studies that the formal relationship of the figure to organic shapes of Niemeyer’s buildings are prominent.


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Architecture and Design


Oscar Niemeyer (Architect)


Figure Studies


Brazil (Artist's nationality:)

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Black marker on tracing paper


50 × 70 cm (19 11/16 × 27 9/16 in.)

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Gift of Oscar Niemeyer, Fundaçao Oscar Niemeyer

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