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.
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.
A whole sheet of photographs taken in the studio of Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout, and published by A Calavas, between 1870 and 1880. Some further pages of these multiple-image artists’ reference can be found here.
Second from the left on the third row is my favourite pose, which is yours?
Two muscular men strike a powerful and physically demanding pose for the camera of Lous Jean-Baptiste Igout, c1870. We have seen this pair before, in a similar scene.
A sheet of male nudes for artists, photographed and published by Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout, circa 1870. We’ve seen several pages from M. Igout before, but none of these seem to be repeated images.
An artists’ model photographed by Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout, circa 1900 - we have seen this very fellow pose in the studio before.
Unlike Eakins, who created his own reference photographs using his friends and students to act out the required poses, Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout took artfully lit pictures of artists’ models in his studio, which were then sold to those in need of anatomical reference material. Much cheaper than hiring a life model, a great many artists and students were able to make use of these helpful prints, published by A. Calavas of France, c1880.
Another set of artists’ reference prints by Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout, circa 1880 - I like the final pose best of the four.
A further sheet of artists’ reference photographs by Louis Jean Baptiste Igout, circa 1880. At the time, an extremely thrifty way to obtain accurate anatomical reference for the human form; today a fascinating survival from the creative process, a glimpse behind the scenes.
Although doubtless created as one of his many artists’ reference photographs (many more can be viewed here), this striking image by Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout bears a notable resemblance to the deliberately provacative poses used by Vincenzo Galdi a few decades later in his erotic work. Indeed, if not for the known provenance, it could easily be taken as even more modern than that - there is something I’m unable to put my finger on which makes this appear undated and ageless : it could be a contemporary image shot in black and white as an aesthetic choice, not merely the limitations of the technology of its time.
Another of Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout’s studio photographs taken to aid the artist in perfecting their depiction of human anatomy without the necessity of hiring a live model - I love these for their frozen moments of immense drama : such scenes you could place this lone man into as he acts out the pose of a fallen warrior, the awe-struck mortal facing his gods; and I cannot help but wonder what works of art this one photograph may have become, in whose hands it was held and studied when freshly printed.
Further artists’ reference photographs from 1870s France, from the studio of Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout, in addition to those shared previously. The third here is my favourite of the set, as though one describes the features of some wondrous landscape while the other surveys the scene with eager admiration!
Four scenes of dramatic action and interaction between nude models, photographed in the 1870s by Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout. These sheets of cheap prints were sold as a simple and affordable reference for artists, more can be found here.