|Francis Vandeveer Kughler in his studio with a model standing beside "Charles II and the Lord Proprieters", 1960, J0001771|
I recently came across the above Peter A. Juley & Son photograph which made me do a double take. At first glance I thought the photo depicted artist Francis Vandeveer Kughler in his studio standing next to one of his paintings. After looking over the photograph and catalog record more closely, I realized that there is also a model (dressed as a Lord Proprietor) standing between Kughler and the painting. Something about the lighting of the photograph (and my vivid imagination) reminds me of what might have been (or should have been) a Twilight Zone episode where a painting comes to life.
Fun to imagine for a moment... okay, back to reality.
Since I love these types of behind the scenes photographs, I did a keyword search in SIRIS for similar Juley images and came up with these other wonderful photos of artists and their models or sitters.
|Molly Guion in her studio at work on "Pearly Queen", J0077030|
|Paul Trebilcock with sitter Oscar Tschirky, J0036989|
|Selma Burke at work in her studio with sitter, J0100403|
|Sergei Konenkov in his studio with sitter, J0080452|
Want to see more? Check out more artist and model/sitter photos here.
Emily Moazami, Photograph Archives, Research & Scholars Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum