Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Antwerp, Februari 1886
chalk on paper,
56.2 cm x 44.3 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
This drawing by Van Gogh shows a plaster model of Myron's Discus Thrower, a famous sculpture from the ancient world. He drew it at the Antwerp art academy.
His assignment was first to sketch the outlines and then to fill in the shadows and lighter parts of the figure. Van Gogh also devoted considerable energy to the background. He was the only student in his class allowed to do that, because he was making such good progress. He added a heavily shaded area.