Nude Men

From 1800 to the Present Day

Edited by Tobias G. Natter and Elisabeth Leopold

Edited by Tobias G. Natter and Elisabeth Leopold

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

348 pages | 291 color plates, 52 halftones | 9 3/4 x 11 1/2 | © 2012
Cloth $49.95 ISBN: 9783777458519 Published February 2013 For sale in North America and Japan only
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."
Contents
Foreword: The Long Shadow of the Fig Leaf
      Tobias G. Natter

ESSAYS
Poetry of the Body. The Naked Man in the History of Art
      Elisabeth Leopold
Nakedness and Masculine Identity. Negotiations in the Public Space
      Wolfgang Schmale
On the Semantics of Male Nudity and Sexuality. A Retrospective
      Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat
The Finest Behind in Vienna. The Traun River God of the Providentia Fountain by Georg Raphael Donner
      Michael Krapf
For and Against Winckelmann
      Thomas Röske
Superior and Fragile. On the Aesthetic of Nudity since Winckelmann
      Thomas D. Trummer
The Man Who Sawed off the Branch. Richard Gerstl and the Phantasm of the Artist’s Own Self
      Diethard Leopold
Stripped Bare but not Exposed. The Male Nude in American Art
      Jonathan Weinberg
Naked Masculinity as a Representation of the State. Nude Figures during the National Socialist Era
      Elke Frietsch
Male Bodies as Contested Terrain. Depictions of Demasculinization and Remasculinization in the Contemporary Performative Arts
      Katharina Pewny
Nude Men in Advertising
      Erich Kirchler and Pia Kirchler
PLATES
Prologue—The Long Tradition
Focus 1: The Power of Reason. Classicism and Enlightenment
    The Nude Life Class and its Consequences
    The Classical Ideal. Measure and Projection
    Heroes as a Cultural Pattern
Focus 2: Classical Modernism
    Social Bathing
    Vienna around 1900: Gerstl—Schiele—Kolig
    Sorrow
    The Battle of the Sexes and Denial
Focus 3: After 1945
    Female Gazes
    The Male Gaze: Intimate Proximity and Desire
    The Self between Norms and Revolt

APPENDIX
Short biographies of the artists and the list of exhibited works
Bibliography
Photo Credits
The Authors
Lenders and Acknowledgements
Imprint
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