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Shy Little Boy and His Older Cousin - Charcoal

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Artist's Statement:

This posting is the third of three charcoals showing individual triplets, at the age of four, at moments of preternatural solemnity.


This charcoal shows the other of the two boys of the triplets, but by happenstance shows only the left side of his face. The full portrait is of a cousin. Both children appear solemn;

the cousin’s gaze is less guarded.


Charcoal Drawing

11.5 x 8.5 in


When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments;

tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.

L'abbé Étienne Blanchard

Recueil d'idées

(translated from the French)

[often misattributed to Louis Pasteur]



“You don't treat me like a child."

He smiled. "Of course I do, but you seem to have

this ridiculous notion that being treated like a child

means to be treated with less respect than an adult.”

Derek Landy

The Faceless Ones

contemporary author of children’s books



There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children.

One of these she said is roots, the other, wings.

Hodding Carter

Where Main Street Meets the River

(attributing the thought to an anonymous “wise woman”)



Art as an Oasis™

Art as an Oasis is a series of occasional postings from the art of Carrie Kleinberger

providing a temporary respite from both mundane and monumental cares

complimented by words of wisdom from a diversity of others.


~ on children ~


In every child who is born, under no matter what circumstances,

and no matter what parents, the potentiality of

the human race is born again.

James Agee



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