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[1]. Paper or Plastic? Five Thoughts on the Subject of Drawing: Marc Treib

As that of virtually every other visual medium, the definition

of drawing has itself changed dramatically during the past

few decades. At one point in history drawing referred

primarily to images created as a preliminary study for a

more finished work, for example, a sketch in chalk or

charcoal for a painting, or a even a full-sized cartoon for

a fresco or tapestry. These works were hardly valued and

were of greater significance to the artist producing them

than to any other party, except perhaps to his patron or to

those working in his own atelier. In those years drawings

possessed only a small degree of autonomy and were of

little consequence without a relation to a final artwork.