George Brant Bridgman was born in1865. Like his father, was a highly successful artist. He was also an art teacher and author of seven books on art and the human body. Many of Bridgman's standard books on anatomy for artists are still in print via Dover Publications.One of his students was the famed Norman Rockwell. In his youth, Bridgman studied the arts under painter and sculptor Jean-Léon Gérôme at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and later with Gustave Boulanger.
Bridgman is legendary for his teaching in anatomy and figurative drawing at New York City's Art Students League. He taught a significant number of noted artists, such as Will Eisner, Norman Rockwell, Mark Rothko, Andrew Loomis, Roy G. Krenkel, Everett Raymond Kinstler and John Cullen Murphy.
Unlike other tachers and artists Bridgman used box forms, ratehr than circular, to represent the major masses of the figure (head, thorax, and pelvis). He would then tie together the masses with gestural lines to create simplified interconnecting forms of the body.
Bridgman passed away in 1943.