Jack Tworkov – “ch. #10” 1976 – Graphite Drawing

Tworkov pencil drawing



“Drawing was always important to me. I always had the highest opinion of drawing because of what you can do with the simplest possible medium. To reduce everything to a piece of paper and pencil I think is just marvelous; it is one of the highest forms of art.” ~ Jack Tworkov



Jack Tworkov (Polish 1900-1982)

“ch. #10” *


Graphite on paper


Signed lower right with initials

*Accepted to the Tworkov raisonne in 2016: CR No. 1100

14″ x 38″ paper

20 3/8″ x 44½” framed


Tworkov graphite drawing

Work number on lower left

Jack Tworkov graphit drawing

Initialed, Titled, Dated on lower right

Tworkov was a founding member of the New York School  and was a founding member of The Eighth Street Club or simply ‘The Club’.

Tworkov created works on paper as a complement to his painting practice in diverse ways throughout his career. He applied his interest in organizational and mathematical principles to his works on paper. The evenness of mark-making possible in a drawing appealed to Tworkov’s interest in further flattening the space of two-dimensional surfaces. In the last years of his practice, he applied diagrammatic structures based on elementary geometry, such as the Fibonacci ratio 3:5:8, to the surface of the paper. He then filled the resulting delineations with horizontal rows of methodically repeated marks.

Selected public & private collections:

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y., Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Ill., Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pa., Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Oh.,  Exxon Corporation, New York, N.Y., Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA., Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y., Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo., Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pa., Phillips Collection, Washignton, D.C., Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, Mass., Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York, N.Y., The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, N.Y.