A further addition to the 1855 set of reference photographs taken by Jean Louis Marie Eugène Durieu, for the famed artist Eugène Delacroix.
A second artist’s reference image of this tall and well-toned model posing for Jacques de Lalaing, some time in the 1880s or 1890s. This print has been neatly drawn over with a grid pattern, which proves its former usefulness to the artist, even if it does distract somewhat from the aesthetic appeal of the shot, and the model’s good looks!
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.
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.
One of the earliest sets of images in my whole collection, these reference photographs of the male nude were taken byJean Louis Marie Eugène Durieu, in association with the artist Delacroix, in 1855. Further poses can be seen here.
A fourth photograph of the same model, in similar position, from Belgian sculptor Jacques de Lalaing, taken in the 1880s-1890s.
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.
A third photograph of this artists’ model sitting for Jacques de Lalaing; the fact we have the same pose captured from differing angles shows this set of pictures were taken as reference for a three-dimensional sculpture, not one of his painted works.
Completing the set of 1880s artists’ reference photographs by Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout (the first part can be seen here), I think I’ve seen the pose in the lower left published singly, but the rest are all new to me.
Another set of artists’ reference photographs by Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout, published in the 1880s. While most depicted a lone model, this page features a sequence of double poses, where the men enact a fight, a dramatic death scene, and much more besides.
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.
A second photograph of this unknown man, modelling in the studio of Belgian sculptor Jacques de Lalaing in the 1880-1890s.
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.