Nude Men: From 1800 to the Present Day

Nude Men: From 1800 to the Present Day

by Tobias G. Natter
     
 


Rodin’s Thinker. Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. Pigalle’s controversial portrayal of the philosopher Voltaire. From its earliest days, art history has been rife with representations of nude men. But while there are many studies of art celebrating the female form, the male nude has suffered from relative neglect. This book seeks toSee more details below

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Rodin’s Thinker. Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. Pigalle’s controversial portrayal of the philosopher Voltaire. From its earliest days, art history has been rife with representations of nude men. But while there are many studies of art celebrating the female form, the male nude has suffered from relative neglect. This book seeks to correct that imbalance with a collection of paintings, sculptures, and photographs that challenge conceptions of the body and masculinity, many of which continue to have considerable cultural resonance today.

Nude Men takes readers on a fascinating tour of the male nude in art history, turning the focus on works from the Enlightenment to the present. Beginning with a look at art completed in the life-drawing classes once popular across European academies, the book moves on to representations of masculinity throughout the French Revolution, including works by Johann Heinrich Füssli and Antonio Canova; provocative Sturm und Drang paintings by Edvard Munch and his contemporaries; and late impressionist works. The unsettling self-portraits of Austrian artists Egon Schiele and Richard Gerstl exemplify an extreme candor that characterized the early twentieth century. Other twentieth-century artists whose work is included in this book are Jean Cocteau, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Nan Goldin, and Louise Bourgeois.

With nearly three hundred full-color illustrations, the book also includes insightful essays examining topics like male identity, depictions of desire in modern art, and the use of nude men in advertising.

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"A richly illustrated and expertly research exploration of depictions of the nude male body from 1800 to the present. The starting point of the accompanying exhibition was this question: why have there been major exhibitions devoted to the female nude but almost none to the male nude? The fascinating essays, which redress this lacuna, range from discussions of the development of an ideal of male nudity in the eighteenth-century through the writings of Winckelmann to the performance of emasculation in contemporary art."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783777458519
Publisher:
Hirmer Publishers
Publication date:
02/15/2013
Pages:
348
Sales rank:
613,577
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 11.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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