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Duchenne Facial Expressions page 1

The plates from Duchenne de Boulogne’s Le Mécanisme de la Physionomie Humaine (ca 1876) have been added to the reference library. The images are curious and not entirely pleasant to look at, but useful for artists interested in the extremes of human facial expressions. Duchenne would use electro-stimulation to activate individual facial muscles in willing but not entirely happy subjects.
Link to image gallery.