Photo: Susanna Alatalo

 

The Finnish Art Society’s Croquis Nights at Kunsthalle Helsinki are cancelled until the end of April. More information later on in the spring.

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Artist Tapani Raittila:

CROQUIS DRAWINGS ARE NOT EASY TO JUDGE

“That’s exactly how it is. When you eliminate things you can also make mistakes, I readily admit that. Croquis is done quickly, which has its advantages. It’s an entirely different thing if you make a drawing slowly. A drawing in which one ‘examines’ something, as the saying goes, differs from croquis, which is based on risk, and when it succeeds, is born under a lucky star. Matisse used to say to his students that they must be able to draw a man who falls from the fifth floor — that fast.” (Tapani Raittila in interview with Riitta Valorinta, published in Raittila’s exhibition book, 2007)

Tapani Raittila: Sitting Girl, 1973