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The Need of a Study of Anatomy

The Art Of Painting - The Need of a Study of Anatomy - 1, a brief series of articles on the art of painting and drawing
 
 
I have purposely refrained from giving you any advice about the kind of drawing that is to be done for its own sake.
Much, as one -appreciates the expression and grace of chalk or pencil line, the lessons in draughtsmanship which I desire to give you are of a kind that will, I hope, make your drawing a means to a definite end, and that end is an ability to paint ; in which case knowledge and accuracy will be of more real service to you than the stylish use of the crayon or pencil.
AN ACTOR, BY VELAZQUEZ

There is a class of advisers who try to flatter the student by maintaining that the study of anatomy is of little use to him. They tell him that pedantry lies that way, that the Greeks knew nothing of this science, and so on. If the Greeks ignored the science of anatomy as cultivated by the moderns, they had opportunities of studying' the nude, both quiescent and active, which we are certainly denied. And as to becoming pedantic about anatomy, ill-advised teachers and the student should be reminded that the really strong man does not abuse his strength.



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