Modelling and Sculpting the Human Figure
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Modelling and Sculpting the Human Figure

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Is there art after modernism? Many of today's art students and professionals are finding the answer -- "yes" -- lies in the long-neglected field of figurative sculpture, a demanding form of expression that requires extremely rigorous technical training. Most modern schools, however, are simply not equipped to provide the necessary technical background. The republication of this highly valuable text by Edouard Lanteri, renowned teacher, sculptor, and intimate friend of Rodin (Rodin called him "my dear master, my dear friend"), makes it possible for serious students to gain the requisite skills and bridge the gap between artistic concept and figurative realization. Representing at least three thousand years of studio lore, this readily understandable, authoritative guide is a goldmine of technical information, easily comprising a four-year sculpture curriculum unavailable elsewhere.
Beginning with a detailed study of modelling a head from a cast model, Lanteri gives meticulous descriptions of the anatomical features that comprise the head. Next, there are instructions for sculpting a bust from a live model: how to place the model, use the clay, take measurements, set up the all-important framework, put on hair, etc. The author also covers modelling the figure from nature, including such factors as the scale of proportions, posing the model, the chief line, contrasts of line, building up the figure, and more.
Part III covers sculpting in relief (poses, fixing the background, tools, superposition of planes, color, change of light, etc.); drapery (arrangement of folds, principles of radiation, flying drapery, etc.); and medals (proportion, working the mold, inscriptions, etc.). Also discussed are principles of composition, both in relief and in the round. Profusely illustrated with hundreds of photographs, drawings, and diagrams, this work is the kind of comprehensive resource that should be a lifelong studio companion to the figure sculptor. 107 full-page photographic plates, 27 other photographs, 175 drawings and diagrams.
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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 26mm | 539.99g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0486250067
  • 9780486250069
  • 28,135

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Is there art after modernism? Many of today's art students and professionals are finding the answer--"yes"--lies in the long-neglected field of figurative sculpture, a demanding form of expression that requires extremely rigorous technical training. Most modern schools, however, are simply not equipped to provide the necessary technical background. The republication of this highly valuable text by Edouard Lanteri, renowned teacher, sculptor, and intimate friend of Rodin (Rodin called him "my dear master, my dear friend"), makes it possible for serious students to gain the requisite skills and bridge the gap between artistic concept and figurative realization. Representing at least three thousand years of studio lore, this readily understandable, authoritative guide is a goldmine of technical information, easily comprising a four-year sculpture curriculum unavailable elsewhere.
Beginning with a detailed study of modelling a head from a cast model, Lanteri gives meticulous descriptions of the anatomical features that comprise the head. Next, there are instructions for sculpting a bust from a live model: how to place the model, use the clay, take measurements, set up the all-important framework, put on hair, etc. The author also covers modelling the figure from nature, including such factors as the scale of proportions, posing the model, the chief line, contrasts of line, building up the figure, and more.
Part III covers sculpting in relief (poses, fixing the background, tools, superposition of planes, color, change of light, etc.); drapery (arrangement of folds, principles of radiation, flying drapery, etc.); and medals (proportion, working the mold, inscriptions, etc.). Also discussed are principles of composition, both in relief and in the round. Profusely illustrated with hundreds of photographs, drawings, and diagrams, this work is the kind of comprehensive resource that should be a lifelong studio companion to the figure sculptor. 107 full-page photographic plates, 27 other photographs, 175 drawings and diagrams.
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Table of contents

INTRODUCTION
PART I
TOOLS
THE FEATURES FROM THE CAST
(a) The Mouth
(b) The Nose
(c) The Ear
(d) The Eye
THE HEAD FROM THE CAST
(I) The Skull
(2) The Muscles
PART II
THE BUST FROM LIFE
MEASUREMENTS
DIAGRAM OF CONSTRUCTION OF FEATURES
(a) Mouth
(b) Nose
(c) Ear
(d) Eye
TREATMENT OF HAIR
MOUSTACHE AND BEARD
DIAGRAM OF FACE
PART III
FIGURE FROM NATURE
FRAMEWORK
SCALE OF PROPORTIONS
POSING THE MODEL
CHIEF LINE
CONTRASTS OF LINES AND OF PROJECTION OF SURFACES
BUILDING UP OF FIGURE
MEASUREMENTS AND OSTEOLOGICAL CONSTRUCTION OF FIGURE
INFLUENCE OF OSTEOLOGY ON SUPERFICIAL FORMS
RADIATION OF LINES
EXAMPLE OF THE ILISSUS
SPACES OF REST BETWEEN MASSES
EXPRESSION IN MODELLING
CONTINUATION OF LINES
COMPARATIVE PROPORTIONS
MUSCLES OF THE FIGURE
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM CLAY MODEL AND DIAGRAMS
THE SKELETON IN DIFFERENT VIEWS
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Offering meticulous descriptions of the body's anatomical features, Lanteri -- an intimate friend...
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