Kimon Nicolades (18911938) was a Greek, Americanart teacher, author and artist. During World War I, heserved in the U.S. Army in France as a camouage artist.
1 Early lifeNicolades was born in Washington, D.C., where hisGreek-born father worked as an importer of Asian arti-facts. His mothers American ancestors date back to theColonial period. He made his living initially by a varietyof jobs, including picture framing, journalism, and evenby appearing once in a lm as an extra, playing the role ofan art student. Despite his familys opposition, he did infact become an art student, during which he attended theArt Students League in NewYork, where he studied withJohn Sloan and George Bridgman. At the Art StudentsLeague he met the avant gard couple Wilhelmina WeberFurlong and her husband Thomas Furlong (artist)
2 Camouage serviceHe served in the U.S. Army in France during World WarI, where he was one of the rst American camouageartists, serving in the same unit as Barry Faulkner, SherryEdmundson Fry, Abraham Rattner and others. Amonghis wartime duties, he often worked with contour maps.
3 Teaching careerFollowingWorldWar I, he returned to NewYork to teachat the Art Students League. In the process, he devel-oped a method of teaching drawing that he shared in theworld famous and widely used The Natural Way to Draw(1941).
4 His inuenceAt the time of Nicolades death, the manuscript for TheNatural Way to Draw was incomplete. A close friendand former student, Mamie Harmon, oversaw its com-pletion and its publication in 1941. (Harmons papers areavailable in the Archives of American Art.). His inu-ence on the teaching of drawing has been long-lastingand substantial, and his book is still in use today. In
brief, he taught drawing by (1) exploring the edge of thesubject with 'contour drawing', (2) encouraging free andrapid 'gesture drawing', (3) encouraging tonal drawings ofweight or mass, and (4) (most importantly) prescribing adaily exercise of 'memory drawing'.
5 References The Biography of Wilhelmina Weber Furlong: The Trea-
sured Collection of GoldenHeart Farm byClint B.Weber,ISBN 978-0-9851601-0-4
 Art Students League of New York - Instructors and Lec-turers - Past and Present
 Houghton Miin - bio
 Mamie Harmon Papers Relating to Kimon Nicolaides,1935-1985 / Archives of American Art
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