A further addition to the 1855 set of reference photographs taken by Jean Louis Marie Eugène Durieu, for the famed artist Eugène Delacroix.
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.
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.
A further example from the 1855 set of reference photographs taken by Jean Louis Marie Eugène Durieu with Eugène Delacroix, depicting this muscular male model in a variety of poses.
Although the darkened grainy gloom of this photograph is merely the result of the inefficiency of early cameras, it certainly makes for an artistically atmospheric effect, when looked at from an aesthetic point of view rather than evaluating the technical side! Taken by Jean Louis Marie Eugène Durieu in association with Eugène Delacroix, circa 1855.
A male model poses in the studio of Jean-Louis Marie Eugène Durieu (1800-1874, usually known by just the final of his many forenames). Seated on a threadbare and fraying tasselled cushion of sorts, at first glance I thought he was perched upon a slice from a tree trunk, complete with peeling bark!
A notable early photographic session by Jean Louis Marie Eugène Durieu in 1855, many of the images of this particular model survive to this day, his powerful poses enacted in the studio to aid artists in figure drawing without the need to hire a live model.
Part of an 1855 set by Jean Louis Marie Eugène Durieu, for his friend the artist Delacroix. Early photographers, at least those working in collaboration with artists, turn to recording the male nude for reference purposes - pay the model just once, preserve printed images of the required poses for future use, no matter how long the painting or sculpture may take to develop and be refined into its finished fine form. The quality may not be outstanding but they are fascinating nonetheless.