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Écorché (Figure Study of Musculature)

Daniel Huntington

American Art

In this suite of three drawings, Daniel Huntington rendered the idealized male figure—based on an ancient Greek sculpture of a dancing faun that he most likely knew from a plaster cast—in progressively complete anatomical states. Using different colored media and a combination of crisp outlines and soft hatchings, the artist rendered the human form with great precision and sensitivity to the distinct properties of skin, muscle, and bone. As a group, these sheets provide a virtuoso demonstration of the academic principle that an understanding of anatomy is fundamental to figural representation.
MEDIUM Red, brown, white, and black crayon with graphite underdrawing on blue-green, medium-weight, slightly textured wove paper
DATES ca. 1848
DIMENSIONS Sheet: 21 3/4 x 14 15/16 in. (55.2 x 37.9 cm)
SIGNATURE Unsigned
COLLECTIONS American Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 68.167.4
CREDIT LINE Gift of The Roebling Society
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