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Movember Edition of Male Nudes

Magda Michalska 15 November 2018 min Read

It’s this time of year, November is a month of campaigning for raising awareness about prostate cancer, testicular cancer, men’s depression and suicide. Because I don’t want to repeat myself writing again about curious art mustaches (you can see them here: Grow Your Artsy Mustache For Movember!), this year I’m going to show you Movember male nudes to celebrate male beauty, and above all, men’s health.

In Studies and Sketches

Vincent van Gogh, Standing Male Nude Seen from the Front, c.1886, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands, movember male nudes
Vincent van Gogh, Standing Male Nude Seen from the Front, c.1886, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The first time I saw this study I thought it could easily be a character from a comic strip. The slightly angular shapes of this model’s body gives him a modern look, I would say from a 1960s comic book. Who knows, maybe one day somebody will make a “van Goghesque” comic, as they did with the movie

Paul Cezanne, A male nude, 1863, Fitzwilliam Museum (University of Cambridge), Cambridge, UK, movember male nudes
Paul Cezanne, A male nude, 1863, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK.

Paul Cezanne was a great portraitist and this study shows us why: his precision and attention to human anatomy was spotless. Moreover, we see this man’s personality and mood, to me he looks confident and proud of himself, but already slightly bored with posing…

Edward Hopper, Male nude, 1903 - 1904, Brooklyn Museum, New York City, NY, movember male nudes
Edward Hopper, Male nude, 1903-1904, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, USA.

This man instead looks extremely tired (well, can anyone expect a cheerful work from Edward Hopper?), or pensive. This study brilliantly shows us Hopper’s mastery of shadowing and disegno, he undoubtedly was an old-school draughtsman.

Self-Portraits

Egon Schiele, Seated Male Nude (Self-Portrait), 1910, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria.
Egon Schiele, Seated Male Nude (Self-Portrait), 1910, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria.

Nudes, often self-portraits, were so common in Schiele’s oeuvre because they helped him work out problems with his own sexuality. His interest in the naked body created him some serious trouble about which you can read here: The Pornographic World of Egon Schiele’s Nudes (18+).

Egon Schiele, Composition with Three Male Nudes, 1910, Leopold Museum, Vienna, movember male nudes
Egon Schiele, Composition with Three Male Nudes, 1910, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria.

Paintings

Vasily Surikov, Male nude,1874, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia, movember male nudes
Vasily Surikov, Male nude, 1874, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

No matter female or male, 19th century loved nudes! Every Academic painter needed to have their drawing perfect, so every student at a Fine Arts Academies made tons of life studies of human anatomy. For a long time the only models acceptable were men, since a naked female model was too provocative for young adepts of painting.

Jules Bastien-Lepage, Achilles and Priam, 1876, private collection, movember male nudes
Jules Bastien-Lepage, Achilles and Priam, 1876, private collection. Wikimedia Commons.

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