I am always happy to see other artists out there working. I often try to slip behind them and see what they’re up to. The “copyists” at the Louvre are joining a grand tradition, as just about every French artist you can think of cut his teeth viewing, sketching and painting at the Louvre. The painters you see working at the Louvre today are members of an elite club. I asked at the Information Desk how to get permission to paint at the Louvre and was handed a thick package detailing the policies, rules, and regulations of copying. It also contained a number of forms to be completed by the applicant. The whole onerous process culminates in the necessity of getting a letter of introduction from your country’s ambassador if you are not a French national.
But artists willing to work on a smaller scale are also seen everywhere at the museum.
Formal, or informal, young or old, together or alone, drawing what they are seeing gives them a focus that nothing else can.