Ecorche Anatomical Man Study Model Artist Cast Sculpture

Ecorche Anatomical Man Study Model Artist Cast Sculpture

A couple of blogs ago we discussed our old world drawing models consisting of shapes and the human form. Here is another example of an anatomical study model. Crafted by Tom Hester, the son of a surgeon and a lifetime student of organic architecture, the Hester Studios Ecorche series begins with this standing male flayed figure, correct in every detail. Anatomical accuracy is elusive and study models are essential for the artist interested in capturing human character. No longer do students of musculature need to dig in graveyards for their research. Centuries of dissection have been documented in countless texts, illustrations and sculptures and now Tom Hester carries on the tradition, presenting this information in a detailed 25.5 tall figure.

Even those not interested in drawing can find appreciation in the perfection of human form. This would make a great gift for a recent graduate of medical school or a doctor opening practice.

 

Anatomical Study of Man by Houdon Statue

Anatomical Study of Man by Houdon Statue

Anatomical Study of Flayed Male L’ecorche by Houdon is another great anatomical study. In Rome, the young Houdon was given the opportunity to study human anatomy extensively thanks to a surgeon. In 1767, he modeled the famous L’ecorche, an anatomical study of a flayed male which allowed the muscles to be observed in detail.  Houdon Anatomical Male Sculpture reproduction is made from resin with a bronze finish. Wonderful for a drawing study or artist cast.

Be sure to head on over to our website to view more of our anatomical studies and drawing casts. If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website, feel free to contact us. Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

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Edgar Degas has always been one of my favorite painters. His ability to capture movement of his favorite subjects, ballet dancers, is parallel to no other artist. Even when not performing his delicate dancers appeared in fluid motion, blending the fierce pride of a ballerina with sharply defined muscles and graceful control.

I did not realize Degas was also a prolific sculptor until I was doing research for different piece for Statue.com. Apparently, his sculpting capabilities were not known to the world until after his death. The only sculpture he publicly unveiled was titled “Fourteen Year Old Little Dancer.” Critics at the time were not-so-nice to Degas’ step away his usual form of Impressionism. After that negative experience he kept his sculptures private. Degas gravitated towards sculpture largely due to his failing eyesight. It is hard to fathom losing the ability to partake in a talent that was once critically acclaimed. To channel those talents in a different way but not receive the same acclaim would be even more heartbreaking.

Dancer Looking at the Sole of Her Right Foot

One hundred and fifty sculptures were found in Degas’ studio upon his death. Nearly all had reached some form of deterioration, made of wax, clay and plastiline. There was much debate as to what to do with the sculptures. Luckily for us, Degas’s heirs granted casts to be made from seventy-two of the figures. Including the sculptures, Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, Dancer Looking at the Sole of Her Right Foot and Grande Arabesque. The sculptures were to be cast in bronze, as we know them today. Their rough from is attributed to the deterioration of his medium but no less beautiful.  It is a shame to think these sculptures could have been lost in time.

By now most of the original works have deteriorated even more. Majority of these sculptures were not completed due to Degas’ indecisiveness. This is a common theme through artists. Michelangelo left a vast amount of work uncompleted. I guess you could say great minds operate alike.

It is hard to deny the beauty of Degas’ sculptures even in their rough unfinished form.  We are very proud to include them in our Statue.com gallery.

Grande Arabesque

To view our gallery of fine statuary, head on over to our website http://www.statue.com. If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website feel free to contact us.

Reach us by phone Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

Send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025.

We’d love to hear from you!

~Kristen