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.
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?
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.
Four different reference photographs of artists’ models wrestling, seeming to be a continuation of the set shown here. Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout, France, 1870s.
I’ve posted these spectacular, quirkily arranged compilation pages before, singly, but thought they worked rather well as a set - as they were origially offered for sale when published in France in 1903.
This week, dear readers, marks something of a stunning milestone for antique-erotic, as we sail on past the utterly astonishing total of ten thousand followers! I am overjoyed that my little idea has grown into something so very many people are enjoying (as well as a tad overwhelmed), and, as ever, exceedingly grateful for your appreciation over the last couple of years - this collection’s second anniversary was attained in July. I extend my warmest gratitude to you all, every last one, and hope you never cease to find much to enjoy here, as the collection continues to grow.
The second page of this uncommonly striking publication from 1903 France - the first can be seen here - with a different selection of nude photographs, arranged and snipped into shape, and decorated with artistic flair.
A quite remarkable compilation of male nudes, published in France, 1903; though they follow the tradition of enterprising photographers capturing a model in various poses to aid artists with their anatomy, each has been trimmed to fit onto a single spectacularly decorated page, thus turning mere reference material into a thing of beauty!
The original printed page is an impressive 38 x 28cm, do click for a larger view.
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.
Nude Studies (albumen, 1875–80) – Louis Jean Baptiste Igout (French, 1837–81)
Printed by Calavas Freres Editeurs; 68, Rue de Lafayette, Paris.
I’m surprised to find that none of these individual images are repeats from previous sheets, though the models are definitely men we have seen before in numerous other poses in these artists’ reference pages.
Produced in Paris by A. Calavas, between 1875 and 1880, an interesting sheet of artists’ reference poses - this time featuring a pair of male models enacting varied scenes of high drama, energetic action, and restful reflection.
A further page of multiple images by A. Calavas of France, circa 1890. With two different models, and a variety of dynamic poses, these presented artists with a very affordable way to purchase reference prints to sketch from - I have gathered quite a few similar sheets now, which can be viewed here.
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.