A further addition to the 1855 set of reference photographs taken by Jean Louis Marie Eugène Durieu, for the famed artist Eugène Delacroix.
An artists’ model photographed in the studio of Belgian sculptor Jacques de Lalaing, pencilled over with a grid to assist in converting image into artwork.
Artist Einor Bagner painting a nude while in the nude himself, 1910.
We see a great many models posing nude for artists, but very few images of artists who choose to shed their own clothes to paint.
An early 20th century nude, model unknown; though he may only have posed thus to aid an artist with their work, his photograph itself is a work of singular gentle beauty.
J. Laurie Wallace (right) and an unidentified model, posing for Thomas Eakins in 1883 - another reference photograph taken the same day can be seen here.
From the studio of artist Jacques de Lalaing, taken during the 1880s or 1890s; this a little more practical pose, not so prettily and elegantly artistic as some of his reference photographs.
A magnificent male nude by Belgian artist Jacques de Lalaing; although created merely as reference to help him with his sculpting work, such striking photographs as this can be seen as things of great beauty in their own right.
Study photo from the Thomas Eakins studio, late 1800s.
Not the finest clarity or definition of detail, but a less widely published photograph than many of Eakins’ references; one I hadn’t seen ‘til now.
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.
From the personal papers of Henry Scott Tuke, this photograph (likely from the 1910s) may’ve been his own work, or that of an unknown photographer working with one of his male models.
Providing an artist with the pose reference for an equestrian portrait or sculpture, maybe even a single figure within a cavalry battle scene, this model sits very upright and poised - though as a rider myself I cannot help but notice that his stirrups are adjusted far too long!
One of Thomas Eakins’ most recogniseable and oft-photographed models, his friend J. Laurie Wallace, who strikes a pose with an effortless, comfortable sort of elegance. The rest of my collected 1880s pictures showing Mr Wallace can be seen here, including several more poses with the pipes he holds in this shot.
Here we see another 1917 shot of Henry Scott Tuke’s model Tom White, in more dynamic pose than usual - and if you look carefully, spy a clothed figure crouched by his leg.