This sketch for 'The Garden' is an original drawing in sepia by American artist Karin Krohne Kaufman. Being a sketch, the drawing offers insight into Kaufman's working method and thought process: lines surround the hood covering the woman's face, each seeking the form the hood would eventually take. In the final iteration, 'The Garden' was a color pencil drawing, containing color at all points in the spectrum. In this study, the artist has also added rosiness to the woman's cheeks, giving it the same sense of life as the final drawing. Kaufman calls her works "Illustrated Dreams" because this is the experience that they most closely resemble. Her illustrations are exquisitely detailed, often depicting young Asian women and capturing a fantasy-like image of nature and children. Like dreams, these drawings contain universal symbols, the kind which psychologist Carl Jung termed 'archetypes.' Although she has personal interpretations of the drawings, she feels that the universal symbolism which the drawings contain give them a meaning which is unique for each individual.
10.25 x 8.75 inches, drawing
18.5 x 17.25 inches, frame
Signed and dated lower right
Entitled lower left
Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag matting and mounting. Housed in a gold finish wood moulding.
Drawing in overall good condition, as received from artist; some scattered marks and planar distortion from handling; some wear to gold finish of frame.