Shelves: art A great book with tremendous insight into figure drawing - in particular to the shading of body masses. Each component of the human body is broken down and explained. The only thing keeping it from five stars was the fact I would have liked to have seen more drawings than the ones presented. Great for life study technique. Jul 12, Nemo Nemo rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Anyone studying art or those who want to strengthen their skills in pencil drawing.
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His mother died in , and in he emigrated with his father and siblings to the United States. He worked with Lucille Wilcox Joullin during his stay in Chicago. Vanderpoel also created murals, including one on the ceiling of a theater at DePaul University and a sixty-foot painting at a Los Angeles hotel.
He was an influential teacher who adhered to the beaux-arts tradition while denouncing modernism. His book The Human Figure, published in , featured many of his pencil and charcoal drawings, and became a standard textbook for art school students. He analyzed and recorded the human figure both in mass and detail; in good taste and discriminating judgment, with a closeness to nature that has never been equaled. The features Vanderpoel has left behind him a great and powerful influence.
Louis on May 2, , of heart disease,  and was survived by his widow and two children. The collection features works by Vanderpoel, including drawings that were published in The Human Figure, as well as those of other artists associated with Chicago. The collection now numbers over five hundred pieces.
The human figure
The Human Figure