I saw this over on Matt Jones’ blog and thought it would be worth mentioning it quickly here. If you click here you can see a selection of photos from Life Magazine, mainly from the 50’s and 60’s depicting images of artist’s and their female nude models. They’re all lovely in that “MadMen” era sort of way that while being currently rather trendy never really look dated. Although several of them are obviously staged for the benefit of the camera and are not depictions of real life drawing sessions there are a pair of interesting photos of Thomas Hart Benton in the studio as well as a photo of a life room in the University of Iowa where several students are shown working alongside each other with their boards resting on a long wooden beam (I’m sorry I can’t think of a better way of describing it )rather than using an easel or donkey. It’s amazing to see how big the artist’s studios were, this of course being (as well as the era of sharp suits) the era of vast affordable loft spaces for artists. They look great on camera but I bet they were very cold in the winter.