"Masculine / Masculine. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the present day"

From September 24, 2013 to January 02, 2014
  • Masculine / Masculine. The Nude Man in Art from  1800 to the present day

    Masculine / Masculine. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the present day

    © Pierre et Gilles. Courtesy Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Desmarais, Le Berger Pâris, 1787 Ottawa, musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Photo © MBAC

"Masculine / Masculine. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the present day" 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur 75007 Paris

While it has been quite natural for the female nude to be regularly exhibited, the male nude has not been accorded the same treatment. 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 aims to take an interpretive, playful, sociological and philosophical approach to exploring all aspects and meanings of the male nude in art.

Given that the 19th century took its inspiration from 18th century classical art, and that this influence still resonates today, the Musée d’Orsay is extending its traditional historical range in order to draw a continuous arc of creation through two centuries down to the present day.

The exhibition will include the whole range of techniques: painting, sculpture, graphic arts and, of course, photography, which will have an equal place in the exhibition.

To convey the specifically masculine nature of the body, the exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through a succession of thematic focuses, including the aesthetic canons inherited from Antiquity, their reinterpretation in the Neo-Classical, Symbolist and contemporary eras where the hero is increasingly glorified, the Realist fascination for truthful representation of the body, nudity as the body’s natural state, the suffering of the body and the expression of pain, and finally its eroticisation.

From Jacques-Louis David to George Platt-Lynes, LaChapelle and Pierre et Gilles, and including Gustave Moreau, a whole series of connections is revealed, based around issues of power, censorship, modesty, the boundaries of public expectation and changes in social mores.  

This autumn therefore, the Musée d’Orsay will invite the visitor to an exhibition that challenges the continuity of a theme that has always interested artists, through unexpected yet productive confrontations between the various revivals of the nude man in art.

Opening times

  • Open from 9.30am to 6pm daily, except Mondays
  • Late night on Thursdays until 9.45pm
  • Last tickets sold at 5pm (9pm Thursdays)museum cleared at 5.15pm (9.15pm Thursdays)
  • Group visits, pre-booked only, Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 4pm (Thursdays until 8pm)
  • Closed on Mondays, on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December

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