Friday, October 13, 2017

Paul Richer's Artistic Anatomy

It's Friday the 13th, so let's start with a spooky image.

Paul Richer (1849-1933), a French teacher of anatomy, produced this demonstration of what lies behind the face.

Knowing about the structure and position of the skull helps make a portrait look solid. 

Richer also wrote books on anatomy, most of which are still in print.

He was a leader in trying to understand the physiology of human movement.

He visited patients in mental hospitals, sketching the writhing subjects, and working with doctors to understand why people moved as they did.

1 comment:

Pete Mills said...

Thanks for this post. I am an occupational therapist by profession so this is interesting on many levels. This must be the physician Charcot-Marie Tooth disease is named after.