Arthur Lidov’s Medical Landscapes

Arthur Lidov Human Body Part 2 LIFE Magazine 1962 (5)

Arthur Lidov Human Body Part 2 LIFE Magazine 1962 (6)

Arthur Lidov Human Body Part 2 LIFE Magazine 1962 (1)

Arthur Lidov Human Body Part 2 LIFE Magazine 1962 (3)

Arthur Lidov Human Body Part 2 LIFE Magazine 1962 (2)

Arthur Lidov Human Body Part 2 LIFE Magazine 1962 (4)
LIFE magazine • December 7, 1962 – The Human Body: Part II (The Phenomenal Digestive Journey of a Sandwich)

Arthur Lidov, painter and commercial artist, created these breathtaking editorial medical illustrations. They are a true expressions of anatomy and art. From the vascular man swimming underwater amongst coral to the mountainous landscape of the digestive tract, Arthur created anatomical visualizations that were approachable and easily understood.

Largely self-taught, he specialized in scientific and medical illustration. His illustrations graced Life, Time, Fortune, The Saturday Evening Post, and more. His paintings are included in several museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

A Chicago native who attended the University of Chicago, Arthur eventually moved to Manhattan to work. His neighbor happened to by Mark Rothko who became a friend despite their wildly different art styles. Arthur pronounced Mark dead after his tragic suicide in 1970.

There’s not too much information on Arthur out there. Does anyone know more about his medical illustration, training, etc?

 

[via David Clemons, via Flickr member Unkee E.]

 

4 thoughts on “Arthur Lidov’s Medical Landscapes”

  1. I have an issue of Graphis magazine (Issue 165 Vol 29 1973/74) that has his wonderful digestion image in but you have that already. His work is familiar so I must have seen it elsewhere, most likely in the Life Science Library books. If I find any different pieces or other info I will let you know.

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