This famous text on anatomy for artists is the best, most complete guide for achieving precise shapes for the forms of the human body. Artistic Anatomy is recognised as one of the greatest texts of its kind since the Renaissance. The original French edition was published in 1889, at a time when such artists as Renoir, Braque, Degas and Bazille were working in Paris. This English edition brings together the nineteenth century’s greatest teacher of artistic anatomy, Paul Richer and today’s most famous teacher of anatomy and figure drawing, Robert Beverly Hale, who translated and edited the book for the modern reader.
Dr. Richer writes with scientific accuracy, but the artist’s aesthetic requirements are always foremost in his mind. He selects only those facts which will provide the artist with the information he or she needs to arrive at the precise shape of each form in the human body. The 110 anatomical plates as well as the author’s original drawings illuminate the text and show the bones, muscles and exterior forms of the body in action and at rest.