"Academic Undress - A Manual for Life Classes", by ergonomist (work-scientist) Professor Thomas Alexander et al, is the definitive guide to nude life modelling and drawing, traced internationally since the 18th Century. This comprehensive manual incorporates biographic detail of many famous life models throughout history, including Prynne, Elizabeth Siddall, Sir Sean Connery, Jerry Hall, Gardner McKay and Princess Pauline Napoleon. It examines traditional poses, guidelines for life models, students, artists and studio organisers. Its authors address issues such as sight-lines(c), rest and safety for less arduous posing, better working conditions including pay and tax, lighting, balance, music and props during life classes and they share amusing anecdotes such as comments and conversations overheard in the studio.The narrative is clear, informative and irreverent and the book is beautifully illustrated throughout.
The authors' intention is to encourage a change of attitude towards academic nudity, to denounce the prudish, negative image it currently possesses and to encourage the curious bystander to lose all inhibitions and discover the freedom of expression that figurative, nude art embraces. "Academic Undress - A Manual for Life Classes" will prove to be a valuable resource for anyone in the field, both expert and novice.
The co-authors have had international experience of working in many studios; sometimes for private groups but mainly in academies, colleges, adult education centre, galleries and halls in the UK, France, Canada, Mexico, Africa, the Netherlands and more.Some of these artist-models belong to RAM, the Register of Artists' Models. They range in age from 20 to 79. Most have some other professional qualification or degree: teacher, engineer, lawyer, hotellier, banker, researcher, mortician, shopkeeper and so on.