Study No. 1 for "Ballerina"
Drawing played an integral preparatory role in the modernist sculpture of Chaim Gross, who used it to capture the poses of live models and to conceptualize his ideas for a work. This sheet served as a study for Ballerina (see illustration), featuring one of his favorite subjects—a female dancer or other performer. The drawing’s energetic hatch marks and looping scribbles anticipate the rough-hewn surface textures of the carved sculpture.
- Artist: Chaim Gross, American, born Austria, 1904-1991
- Medium: Graphite on green-grey, medium-weight, moderately textured laid paper
- Dates: ca. 1940
- Dimensions: Sheet: 38 x 25 5/16 in. (96.5 x 64.3 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed in graphite, lower right: "Chaim Gross"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 42.418
- Credit Line: Designated Purchase Fund
- Rights Statement: © Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation
- Caption: Chaim Gross (American, born Austria, 1904-1991). Study No. 1 for "Ballerina," ca. 1940. Graphite on green-grey, medium-weight, moderately textured laid paper, Sheet: 38 x 25 5/16 in. (96.5 x 64.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 42.418. © Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)