Figurative art implies that the artist knows and masters the representation of the shapes and features of the human body to perfection. It is therefore essential to have a thorough knowledge of human anatomy, which invites the exploration of the surface of the body and identify and recognize the bone and muscle structure and the morphology of the carnal figure for a perfect conceptual understanding.



  • recognize the bone and muscle structure of human body parts, connections and building.
  • identify the morphology of muscle mass.
  • know the ways of the human body conceptually.
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Terra Chapman

Terra Chapman

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3 months 6 months 9 months
285€ 570€ 685€

Artistic Anatomy_Dr Paul Richer

Artistic Anatomy is recognized as the best book of anatomy since the Renaissance. The original French edition was published in 1889 and was probably used as a resource by Renoir, Braque, Degas, Bazille, and many others. The English edition, first published 35 years ago, brings the grand master and artistic anatomy of the nineteenth century, Dr. Paul Richer, with the most renowned teacher of anatomy and drawing of the human figure of the twentieth century, Robert Beverly Hale, who translated and published the book for the modern reader.

Paul Marie Louis Pierre Richer (1849-1933) was a French anatomist, physiologist, sculptor and artist anatomical Chartres (France). He was a professor of artistic anatomy at the School of Fine Arts in Paris and a member of the National Academy of Medicine (1898). Richer was an assistant to Jean-Martin Charcot at the Salpetriere, and from 1882-1896 he was the head of the laboratory of Salpetriere Hospital. With Charcot he conducted the research on hysteria and epilepsy, and he also studied medicine and its relationship with art. In 1903, Richer was appointed to the chair of artistic anatomy at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts from 1907 to 1908 and was the president of the Société Française d’Histoire de la Medecine (French Society for the History of Medicine).

Robert Beverly Hale (1901-1985) was an artist, curator of American paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and an artistic anatomy instructor at the Arts Students League of New York and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He was also the author of the known book Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters, as well as the translator of the classic anatomy text Artistic Anatomy Dr. Paul Richer.


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