Edouard Joseph Dantan, French painter 1848-1897 has captured early lifecasting like no-one else. Fascinating to look at the studios.. heavyduty furniture and shelving. We see endless evidence they worked on any sculptural job that came along.


Sure looks similar to my shop. Most interesting thing to me is, they were only doing her leg and foot, and they have a very clean parting line between the clamshell halves.

In another account of early LC'ing, it sounds like they entomb the poor model and then whale away at the mold to crack it, and then reassemble the chunks. What were plasterbowls made of before there was plastic?

Same model, same procedure, but in this version, the studio is classed-up with more art, less shelving.

Which do you believe it really looked like?

Sculptor keeps working on a thigh, painter needed an excuse to do a full-frontal with lovely draping. I like the safety railing and slippers awaiting on the floor.

This one is called "A Restoration" so the sculpture may be old and needed repair. Sandbags sit around, for stabilizing tables and statues.

The artist takes a break but the model keeps standing.. or he's just studying.. A painting scene, not lifecasting, but some nice statues are in the scene. Sculpting and painting were approved industries, and so was modeling.
Once in a while the model may come over and see how the artist is doing. Maybe a preventive to "man-with-camera" -type nonsense.
Men at work in a sculpture studio. Great general illumination. One works on a dog and the other on a prone figure I think. A giant pot has fine bas-relief figues. There are vessels, probably ceramic, in most of these paintings.
"Coin d'atelier" means corner of the studio. Monumental bas-relief slab is up on mighty table and sculptor must climb up to it. Nude model is resting and watching, presumably some part of her was needed but anatomic study maquette sits on the bench and figure in slab has the same basic pose. Jazzing up a painted scene with a nude.. sounds a bit like a car show, doesn't it.
Just another version of the same painting with brighter colors.
I don't believe you can lifecast a dog, but you sure can cast a statue, and we watch a plaster mold being busted off the casting. Traditionally, you sculpt in clay, make a mold, scoop and wash out the clay, and cast in that mold. Finally the mold is destroyed. Really love the sculptures on the shelves and wish I had a window-wall too.
Found this one on Facebook.. This is how Art Students League (NYC) looked, probably they all did.
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