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!
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.
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 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.
A second photograph of artist Thomas Eakins posing nude before his own camera in this leafy setting - the first here - taken in the 1880s.
A 19th century artists’ model assumes a dramatic pose in the studio, photographer sadly unrecorded - I should love to know what figure he represents, what painting or sculpture this eventually became!
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.
Two of Eakins students with an observer (referee?) in a field, 1885.
I would venture that the clothed gentleman between these finely poised boxers is in fact Eakins himself, we can see him in the same set of casual clothes in this photograph.
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.