Constant Permeke depicted the hard lives of the farmers in a monumental, expressive style. In the life-size drawing of the sower, he combined his interest in monumentality and synthesis by using a large format and limiting the depiction to a single figure. Using charcoal, water colour that he had made himself and chalk mixed with turpentine, Permeke combined drawn and painted sections. Although it is rudimentary and rough, it contains fine detail here and there. The drawing “De zaaier” was the precursor to the monumental sculpture that he created six years later.
1886 - 1952
Collection Mu.ZEE Oostende. © SABAM 2012 - Photo: unknown.