.
.


 
 


WILHELM BUSCH (1832 - 1908)
Boy with Straw Hat (1858)



The date of this little portrait tells us that Busch was using the technique of vitalizing a contour-dominated drawing by grouping of parallel hatchings in different directions for about five years. Although it was not his only style during that time period and not used without variation, the length of duration of this phase surprises. Different from and probably against the academy influence, it shows an individual style of the artist, his own handwriting, so to speak. In this painting, it appears already slightly loosened.

The glowing of the planes not touched by the hatchings which is a significant effect of this method is leading light to the picture in an unmistakable manner. Since the boy is sitting in the side light, his hat does not cast any shadows and the face appears in full light even though it is beneath the brim. The plasticity of the facial features is represented only in the most tender modelling against which the sharpness of the eyes and the contours of the profile form a contrast which almost appears like a disruption in style.