- Series: The Art Students League of New York
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Sterling (August 3, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402762291
- ISBN-13: 978-1402762291
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,037,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Classical Life Drawing Studio: Lessons & Teachings in the Art of Figure Drawing (The Art Students League of New York) Hardcover – August 3, 2010
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James L. McElhinney received an MFA from the Yale School of Art and was later awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His artwork has been shown in more than 40 solo gallery and museum exhibitions and is found in many private and public collections. He teaches at the Art Students League and Pratt Institute and conducts oral histories for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.
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This book is a very interesting mixed bag. The two dozen or so really superb life and cast drawings reproduced in it make it well worth the price. The rest is probably only of interest to fans of the particular institution at which they were produced, or historians of life drawing in general. Here is what I got from it.
My esteem for George Bridgeman, who still shines with the aura of a god at the League, was definitely diminished by this book. I only needed to see a couple of the crudely exaggerated figure drawings done by his students before I began to wince every time another one appeared.
On the other hand, I was astonished anew by the loving observation and careful execution of the drawings done, in the period before Bridgeman's tenure, by students of Kenyon Cox and John Henry Twachtman, among others. These artists obviously knew everything about gesture, anatomy and form that Bridgeman and his students knew, but, rather than making a show of it, they were content to gently conceal it in soft lights and luminous shadows. True art.
It contains several original drawings of Bridgeman, and many of his students'.
I personally think the drawings between 1900's and 1950's are really of quality and excellency.
Those after 1950's, especially 1970's and 80's, seems to be of lesser quality, but I guess I'm going off topic here.
Overall, it is a great book, a must-buy/
The book contains comments about Classical Theory which are very good and some analysis of drawings by current teachers at the League.
Overall, the book is to be highly recommended (although, I wish the size were a bit bigger to permit larger reproductions of the drawings - most of which were 24 inches or more in height.
It should be on the shelf of every representational artist.
Its a beautiful survey of the Art Student's League tradition, But This is NOT a 'how to draw" book with step by step lessons. However, having studied with several of the instructors featured in this book, I can say with confidence their observations are just like what you would hear in class. Obviously two page essays cannot begin to convey their whole experience and knowledge, but this is a great book for studying figure drawing by example.
@ 19.95 its an outstanding value for an art book.