In this figure study Forsyth practiced using light and shadow to accurately show the musculature in the model's shoulder and arm as he leans to the right.
Arriving in Munich two years later than his fellow students from the Midwest, Forsyth began his studies drawing from life in April 1882. This is one of the sketchbooks he used in Munich and nearby Unterschleissheim.
Drawing from nude models in the studio and attending anatomy lectures were important opportunities for students to master representation of the human body. Fortunately for Forsyth and his fellow students, local clergy had eased their disapproval of nude figure drawing in Munich a few years earlier.
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