Masculine / Masculine

Jacques Louis David, Academy Drawing of a Man, 1778


Pierre et Gilles (born respectively in 1950 and 1953),Vive la France,© Pierre et Gilles

Pierre et Gilles, Vive la France, 2006



William Bouguereau, Equality before Death, 1848

Hippolyte Flandrin, Nude Youth Sitting by the Sea, Study, 1836



David LaChapelle, Would-Be Martyr and 72 virgins, 2008


Paul Cadmus, The Bath, 1951

Pierre et Gilles, Mercury, 2001


Masculine / Masculine. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day.

While it has been quite natural for the female nude to be regularly exhibited, the male nude has not been accorded the same treatment.  However, male nudity was for a long time, from the 17th to 19th centuries, the basis of traditional Academic art training and a key element in Western creative art.

Therefore when presenting the exhibition Masculine / Masculine, the Musée d’Orsay, drawing on the wealth of its own collections and of other French public collections, aims to take an interpretive, playful, sociological and philosophical approach to exploring all aspects and meanings of the male nude in art.


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