A further page of Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout’s reference photographs for artists, published between 1870 and 1880 by A. Calavas as an affordable and convenient alternative to life models, and especially useful for amateur artists working at home.
Another full page of anatomical reference nudes, posed by anoymous artists’ models, photographed in the studio of Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout, and published by A. Calavas, between 1870 and 1880.
As with so many of these 19th century artists’ reference photographs, this picture has an enduring beauty all of its own - a handsome man immortalised in his prime, posing with great dignity and grace; he remains every bit as captivating to look upon today, as in the era which he lived.
It has been a while since I added to the 1855 set of Delacroix’s reference photographs, taken by Jean Louis Marie Eugène Durieu. These early images appear dark and hazy, due to the limits of photographic technology of the time, but all the more appealing for it.
An impressive display of strength and balance, here, as this muscular man performs a handstand for the camera - not the first time I’ve shared shots of this uncommon but immediately eye-catching inverted pose.
Another particularly striking artist’s reference photograph from Jacques de Lalaing; do take a moment to view this full size, it is surely worth a few seconds of your day!
An admirably well-made artist’s model, here, his pose duplicated in the two sculptures behind him. Though the unlucky chap has lost his head in this particular shot, another exists from the same studio in which we can see his face.
An additional shot from the sequence posted here, these 1880 photographs look remarkably modern, the creative and dramatic poses lifting them above mere run-of-the-mill anatomical studies.
Part of a set of photographs taken in the final years of the 19th century by the French army, studies of male anatomy and motion to help soldiers and officers better understand the human body and the physical tasks it must perform in such an occupation.
A soft and serene photograph by Thomas Eakins, circa 1884, taken as anatomical reference for his artistic work, but with a simple and undeniable beauty in its own right.
Latest in my occasional series of animated Muybridge; another sporting pursuit performed nude for anatomical reference, this time a man throwing a baseball.
A reference photograph taken in the studio of French sculptor Pierre-Charles Simart, in 1856, just a year before he died.
One of Thomas Eakins’ 1883 anatomical reference photographs, streaked across with jagged marks; I am glad it was kept despite the damage.
Published in 1904/1905 as an aid to artists wishing to better understand and capture the human figure in their work, these reference photographs have been made that little bit more modest by the addition of white wispy ‘fabric’, carefully added by hand to the master copy before printing. From L’Étude Academique by A. Vignola, Paris.