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Friday, January 28, 2022

19th Century Artists' Studies


As a prelude for our Friday art series, I'm posting some more photos from my collection of what are believed to be 19th photo studies for artists.  I like the way this model looks straight at us.

 

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  1. I like this pose. It doesn't seem to be all that common.

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    1. I've only seen that pose one other time, and it was in one of the very earliest 1850s male nude photos by Durieu. This is much later, and more technically proficient of course.

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  2. There's a real air of confidence about the model. Despite the rather awkward pose he seems totally comfortable posing nude​.

    Peter

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    1. As you would expect from me, I find this is as a wonderful image from the golden age of artist's studies. Such confidence, a man at the top of his craft. Staring straight at as from the late 19th century. A superb, well-balanced physique. I'm guessing not just from work. Perhaps a gymnast or early body builder. Not just a photographic pose, but also one that could be held for some time.Thank you for posting these Jerry, as inspiring as ever.

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    2. You're welcome, David! Thanks for your comment on the posing. Read Uncle Vic's bit below for some info.

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  3. The pose seems a little bit comic to me, almost like the model is “thinking” about something distant, but via the visual representation of gazing towards a viewpoint behind the viewer. Also very interesting is what appears to be the pile clothes that he just too off in order to strike this pose. So he’s not pretending to be a pre-clothing ancient. He’s displaying that he’s acting.

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    1. I wasn't sure if those were his cast off clothes or some sort of decorative draping.

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    2. Right. You would see it better. oh well, it made a good story to imagine.

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    3. I like your version better and think it could go either way.

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  4. Simon Wolverton-Mangrove, modèle d’atelier (workshop model) - 1902

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