Jan 24, 2013

Standing Male Nude

Standing Male Nude


Frederick William MacMonnies

(American, 1863–1937)

Charcoal and brown chalk

Support: Beige(2) laid paper (modern)

Sheet: 61.7 x 39 cm (24 5/16 x 15 3/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon 1939.545



The sculptor Frederick MacMonnies is chiefly known for his exuberant, sensual nudes, such as those decorating the huge fountain of 1893 for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, which featured dozens of frolicsome, stark-naked female figures. Curiously, his drawings reveal a different side of his talent—a detailed, slightly somber realism, which brings out the unidealized individuality of his models.

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