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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Models in the Studio


Saturday's theme is a bit of a holdover from yesterday's art series in that it's about models, although that's where the similarity ends.  I have another photo of these three models in the same studio which is attributed to Thomas Eakins.  This one, however, came with a note that mentioned Thomas Anschutz, who was also from Philadelphia.  Well, for once, I wasn't lazy and looked it up.  Anschutz is apparently one of the models, as he was a student of Eakins who became a prominent artist.
So this is quite probably an Eakins photo of three of his handsome students.

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  1. With the honesty and acceptance that we then had about the human body, this really is an exquisite study.

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    1. I should have posted the date, 1884. The honesty and acceptance you mention was real, but limited for the most part to all-male situations such as swimming and some elements of athletics. Eakins lost his job and was almost run out of town for allowing female students to do life drawings from nude male models. Apparently it was OK for male art students, though.

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  2. Wow Jerry, thank you. As you would expect from me.. wonderful picture. So evocative, their casual expressions, showing that being a life model is, in some ways just a job. We may recreate this for me male trio group.

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    1. I find it meaningful that they were also likely students. (We know Anschutz was, anyway.) Imagine the depth of experience that gave them!

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    2. Yes, certainly a very rounded experience. I'm planning to learn to draw. Looking forward to being the other end on the pencil.

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