Ecorche - the French word for "flayed" - is a term that refers to the
anatomical study of animal or human form without skin. When the
skin is removed the artist can study the underlying musculature.
When I was a student at Kansas City Art Institute in the early 1960's we made drawings of
the classic plaster cast - "L'Ecorche" - created by Jean-Antoine Houdon in 1767.
Like most artists I have a replica of the Houdon plaster in my studio.
Pictured below are two models I created several years ago for my workshop students.
The top image is a model cast in bronze of the equine skeleton and the lower image
is an ecorche clay model that was created many years ago but was never cast.
While my workshops focus on bird anatomy, it's important to introduce comparative
anatomy of all vertebrates - especially mammals which includes humans and quadrupeds.
For more information on the subject in this blog go to blog post #644 Nature's one pattern Also, look at the website of sculptor Rod Zullo. His recent
work depicting ecorche is beautifully presented in an extensive and artistic manner.
Sandy's "Briscoe Bison" architectural panel was created in 2014 for the
Briscoe Museum in SanAntonio, Texas. Additional information about the
creation of the 10 foot long bronze sculpture can be found in earlier blog
posts by typing in Briscoe Bison in the blog search bar.
The smaller maquette is available for purchase upon request.
1,800 The Boykin Spaniel was originally bred by South Carolina sportsmen to hunt ducks
and wild turkeys. It is medium sized, slightly larger than the Cocker Spaniel and is
known for its rich brown coat. Traditionally, the tail is docked, and the bred is easily
identified by the long, feathered ears that hang close to the checks. The web-toed
dog has a very sweet disposition, is impressive in the field and makes a great pet.
It is the state dog of South Carolina.
The macaw was sacred to the Anasazi Indians. According to legend, they believed the macaw took the sun south to its winter home and returned it in the spring. Trading with Mexican tribes supplied macaws to the Anasazi; their brilliant feathers provided were sacred objects. Today, the pueblo people, descendants of the Anasazi use the birds in their rituals.
Shown above is the original study for the "Moose Flats" monument.
The study is available at the National of Wildlife Art Museum in Jackson, Wyoming
Shown below is the "Moose Flats" installation. The monument was commissioned by the National Museum of Wildlife Art, located in Jackson Wyoming and is installed on the Sculpture Trail at the museum. For more information about the creation of the sculpture, type moose flats in the blog search bar.