The exhibition is proposing a selection of drawings that portray the freshness and crispness of his style – from drawings and ‘primi pensieri’ to beautifully finished works – all executed during sittings with models. It’s all about the human figure, the austere use of the line, the spontaneity, the rapid strokes and the shrewdly applied dabs of paint. As with Dalli’s large-scale nudes, there is no sexual tension present, and these drawings illustrate his creative process. The figures are in their own parallel world and there is no inkling of any desired interaction with the viewer. Some of the works feature a playful composition created entirely by the figure or figures and the void on the paper.