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MFA Images: Nudes

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  • Nude Study of Thomas E. McKeller

    about 1917–20

    John Singer Sargent, American, 1856–1925 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    125.73 x 84.45 cm (49 1/2 x 33 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    1986.60

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  • Nude

    1920

    Charles Sheeler, American, 1883–1965 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 11.5 x 15.2cm (4 1/2 x 6 in.) Framed: 40.6 x 51.1 cm (16 x 20 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Graphite pencil on paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    1986.746

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  • Model shrine with nude goddess

    6th–3rd century B.C.

    Description

    The plaque is a mixture of Mediterranean/Near Eastern styles that characterize Phoenician art. It represents the ancient Canaanite goddess Astarte, shown nude like the Mesopotamian Ishtar, but with an Egyptian face and wig. She stands within a shrine protected by typically Near Eastern snarling lions that support Egyptian columns surmounted by heads of the Egyptian god Bes.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width: 26 x 14.3 cm (10 1/4 x 5 5/8 in.) Base: 6 1/2 x 3" Depth w/ Mount: 4"

    Medium

    Terracotta

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    1990.605

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  • Nude behind Disk

    1920–30

    Frantisek Drtikol, Czechoslovakian, 1883–1961 Czechoslovakian

    Description

    Frantisek Drtikol's photographs of the nude body illustrate the ongoing influence of contemporary art movements on photographic creation. Drtikol, who in his youth had been inspired by Art Nouveau, had embraced Art Deco ideals by the 1920s. This photograph represents his movement toward abstraction in his depiction of the nude model. He began, he stated, to "use the body as a decorative object, positioning it in various settings and lights." Employing a simple disk as a prop, the artist layered violent contrasts of light and shadow like a collage. The model becomes simply another element in the geometric composition, her body distorted by deep shadows created with dramatic, harsh lighting.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 27.6 x 22.5 cm (10 7/8 x 8 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, carbon print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1984.420

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  • Reclining Nude

    1980

    William Thomson, Canadian, 1926–1988 Canadian

    Description
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    Dimensions

    66 x 81.3 cm (26 x 32 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    1981.27

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  • Seated Nude, Leg Raised

    1968

    Richard Diebenkorn, American, 1922–1993 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 34.9 x 43.2 cm (13 3/4 x 17 in.)

    Medium

    Black crayon on paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    1975.667

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  • Untitled (Solarized Nude) (The Primacy of Matter over Thought)

    1932

    Man Ray, American, 1890–1976 American

    Description

    Man Ray was a modernist photographer whose works are characterized by an inventive exploration of new techniques and visual effects. Born in Philadelphia and trained as a painter, he arrived in Paris in 1921 and became a member of the Surrealist circle of artists there. He took up fashion and portrait photography as a way to make a living and began to experiment with a variety of processes, including solarization-a partial reversal of tone within a print, most visible at the edges of forms, caused by momentary exposure to light during the course of normal darkroom development. Solarization was an ideal technique to capture this mysterious and hallucinatory image of the Surrealist painter and sculptor Meret Oppenheim; the glowing dark aura surrounding her head transforms her into a disembodied, dreamlike figure.

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    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 29.7 x 23.1 cm (11 11/16 x 9 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1980.213

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  • Male Nude with Tumbleweed, Paradise Cove

    1986

    Artist Herb Ritts, American, 1952–2002 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image: 57.4 x 45.9 cm (22 5/8 x 18 1/16 in.) Sheet (irregular): 66.6 x 56 cm (26 1/4 x 22 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, platinum print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2000.880

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  • Untitled (Five Nudes)

    1967

    Artist Lester Johnson, American, 1919–2010 American

    Description

    The central figures in Untitled (Five Nudes) are modeled on the Three Graces, a well known Classical sculpture dating to the 3rd-Century B.C. Lester Johnson takes advantage of the painterly qualities of lithography to imbue his figures with sensuality. The print retains the immediacy of an impromptu sketch.

    Details

    Dimensions

    57 x 76 cm (22 7/16 x 29 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Lithograph on Arches wove paper

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    2001.553

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  • Female Nude by the Sea (from an unidentified series)

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.19161

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  • Female Nude at the Bath (from an unidentified series)

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.19162

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  • Description
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    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.12449

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  • Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock ?

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.4447

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  • Nude (Elizabeth Lynes)

    about 1953

    George Platt Lynes, American, 1907–1955 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image/sheet: 19.1 x 23.5 cm (7 1/2 x 9 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.4

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  • Female Nude Seated in Water

    1906

    Ichijô Narumi, Japanese, 1877–1910 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.935

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  • Nude

    1935

    Edward Weston, American, 1886–1958 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image: 20.1 x 24.7 cm (7 15/16 x 9 3/4 in.) Sheet: 20.5 x 25.4 cm (8 1/16 x 10 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1973.303

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  • Study of a Nude Woman

    about 1905–06

    Pablo Picasso, Spanish (worked in France), 1881–1973 Spanish

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 32.6 x 25.6 cm (12 13/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Pen and gray-brown ink on thin brown paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    1970.578

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  • Sketch Page with Nude and Classical Heads

    August 3, 1931

    Pablo Picasso, Spanish (worked in France), 1881–1973 Spanish

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    Overall: 32.6 x 25.7 cm (12 13/16 x 10 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Pen and black ink on cream laid paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    57.551

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  • Standing Nude Woman (Te nave nave fenua) (Delightful Land)

    1894

    Paul Gauguin, French, 1848–1903 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 40.5 x 24.2 cm (15 15/16 x 9 1/2 in.) Mount: 48.8 x 35.8 cm (19 3/16 x 14 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Watercolor monotype selectively heightened with brush and watercolor on cream Asian paper

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    60.368

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  • Reclining Nude (Nu Couché)

    1900–05

    Henri Matisse, French, 1869–1954 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 21.3 x 32.3 cm (8 3/8 x 12 11/16 in. )

    Medium

    Black crayon on paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    55.941

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  • Nude figure of a woman bending right

    mid-20th century

    Alexander Archipenko, Russian, 1887–1964 Russian

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 32.2 x 24.1 cm (12 11/16 x 9 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Graphite pencil and red crayon

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    51.645

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  • Reclining Female Nude

    1763

    François Boucher, French, 1703–1770 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 29 x 37.8cm (11 7/16 x 14 7/8in.) Framed: 50.2 x 58.4 cm (19 3/4 x 23 in.)

    Medium

    Black, red, and white chalk on tan (formerly blue-gray) laid paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    43.236

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  • Sheet of Studies with a Nude Man

    1893

    Lovis Corinth, German, 1858–1925 German

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet (laid down): 46.7 x 31.5 cm (18 3/8 x 12 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Graphite on paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    50.3397

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  • Two Young Women Naked on a Bed Album A, k (recto of l)

    1793–1796

    Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746–1828 Spanish

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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 17.2 x 10.1 cm (6 3/4 x 4 in.)

    Medium

    Brush and carbon black ink with wash and recent opaque white overpaint on discolored blued [smalt] white laid paper; pink paper border

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    63.985b

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  • Nude Woman Reclining Against a Rock

    1824–25

    Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746–1828 Spanish

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    Overall: 8.7 x 8.6cm (3 7/16 x 3 3/8in.) Framed: 18.7 x 18.3 x 2 cm (7 3/8 x 7 3/16 x 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Brush and carbon black ink with wash and watercolor on ivory

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    63.1081

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  • Reclining Nude

    early 20th century

    Artist Hashiguchi Goyô, Japanese, 1881–1921 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    26.5 x 38 cm (10 7/16 x 14 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Graphite on paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    1970.4

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  • Study of a Seated Nude

    undated

    Attributed to Amedeo Modigliani, Italian, 1884–1920 Italian

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 47.5 x 32.3 cm (18 11/16 x 12 11/16 in. )

    Medium

    Pencil drawing on cream paper mounted

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    1970.577

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  • Seated Nude in Profile

    1902–35

    Gaston Lachaise, American (born in France), 1882–1935 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 61.2 x 47.7 cm (24 1/8 x 18 3/4 in. )

    Medium

    Graphite pencil

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    66.945

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  • Standing Nude Woman, Seen from Behind

    about 1913

    Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, French (active in Britain), 1891–1915...

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 38.5 x 25.5 cm (15 3/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Pen and blue ink

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    66.215

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  • Reclining Nude

    undated

    Copied after François Boucher, French, 1703–1770 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    29 x 43.5 cm (11 7/16 x 17 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Black and white chalk

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    65.2537

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  • Reclining Nude

    1730s

    Ascribed to François Boucher, French, 1703–1770 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    28.5 x 46.7 cm (11 1/4 x 18 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Red chalk with white chalk highlights on buff paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    65.2541

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  • Female Nude by the Window (from an unidentified series)

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.19163

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  • Seated Nude

    1965

    Richard Diebenkorn, American, 1922–1993 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 67 x 51.1 cm (26 3/8 x 20 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Lithograph

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    2003.262

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  • Young Women Resting in a Forest Clearing

    about 1841

    Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Peña, French, 1807–1876 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    29.8 x 45.7 cm (11 3/4 x 18 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on panel

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    41.116

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  • Women and a White Horse

    1903

    Paul Gauguin, French, 1848–1903 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    73.3 x 91.7 cm (28 7/8 x 36 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    48.547

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  • Time, Truth and History

    about 1797–99 or 1804

    Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746–1828 Spanish

    Description

    A rough sketch from the early part of Goya's career, this painting represents the winged Time, holding an hourglass, revealing naked Truth to the viewer. In the foreground, History records the event in her book, while looking over her shoulder in order to acknowledge the past. This composition was later used by Goya in a large-scale allegory relating to Spain's liberation from Napoleonic rule. In that version, the figure of Truth is replaced by one that may represent the Spanish nation, and the threatening bats and owls lurking overhead have disappeared.

    Details

    Dimensions

    41.6 x 32.7 cm (16 3/8 x 12 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    27.1330

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  • Academic Nude Study (Female)

    about 1870

    Gaudenzio Marconi, Italian, 1842–after 1885 Italian

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 26.5 x 15.2 cm (10 7/16 x 6 in.) Mount: 47 x 32 cm (18 1/2 x 12 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1996.202

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  • Eight Bathers

    about 1918–23

    Maurice Brazil Prendergast, American (born in Canada),...

    Description

    Throughout his career, Prendergast painted idyllic scenes of ordinary people enjoying themselves in parks, boulevards, and ocean resorts. He became aware of contemporary art movements during six sojourns in Europe, and was one of the most avant-garde painters working in America during the early 1900s. In this tapestry-like late oil, Prendergast painted a timeless Arcadian vision with a modernist vocabulary - simplified, outlined figures, visible brushstrokes, and flat, bold patterning.

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    Dimensions

    71.12 x 61.59 cm (28 x 24 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    61.663

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  • American Beauties

    1867

    Jerome B. Thompson, American, 1814–1886 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    42.86 x 60.32 cm (16 7/8 x 23 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    1986.400

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  • Randolph, New Hampshire

    1915

    William Zorach, American (born in Lithuania), 1889–1966 American

    Description

    Marguerite and William Zorach spent the winter seasons in New York City, soaking up the avant-garde ideas in the paintings and sculpture shown at Alfred Stieglitz's 291 gallery and elsewhere while seeking exhibition opportunities for their own art. The warm months were for rejuvenation; between 1915 and 1918, the Zorachs spent several summers in New Hampshire. Although each of them would later specialize in other media (Marguerite became well known as a textile artist and William became one of the leading sculptors of the modernist generation), during this period they were both active as painters. Their styles, based on their experiences as art students in Paris a few years earlier, combined the vivid palette of Fauvism with Cubist compositional structure. Each of them turned to the landscape of the surrounding White Mountains as subject matter. In this case, their responses are found on either side of a single canvas: on the back of Marguerite's 1917 "Whippoorwills" is William's "Randolph, New Hampshire," painted two years before.

    It is not known why the Zorachs chose to paint on both sides of a single piece of canvas. They were extremely poor in those years and may have been driven to work in this unusual manner for reasons of economy. But the double-sided canvas is also an expression of the collaborative spirit that marked their careers, and their marriage. They frequently had joint exhibitions; Marguerite drew embroidery motifs from images in William's paintings, while he based sculptural elements on her needlework designs; and a number of Marguerite's embroidered pictures were worked on (and signed) by both of them.

    Both sides of this painting reflect the Zorachs' pleasure in their summers in New Hampshire, where they lived rent- and relatively care- free in handsomely sited if dilapidated farmhouses that were loaned to them by generous patrons. William presented New Hampshire as Arcadia, with sensuous, Matisse-like nudes lounging in a bucolic landscape. He uses bold, bright colors reminiscent of French Fauvism. Marguerite's response to their surroundings was much more direct (MFA 1993.867b).The rolling hills, leafy woodlands, little waterfalls, and houses nestled in the valleys shown here are an accurate portrayal of the cozy landscape near Plainfield, New Hampshire, where they lived in 1917. The warm earth tones emphasize the organic quality of her picture. She molds the hills and trees into flat, decorative shapes, creating a tapestry-like pattern. Her technique also resonates with her work in textiles, for she paints thinly so that the canvas weave creates a background texture for her design. At the same time, she is a keen observer of nature: she accurately portrays the whippoorwills as having short rounded wings and rounded tails. Nocturnal birds, they soar by on the surface of the picture, beneath a crescent moon.

    This text was adapted from Davis, et al., MFA Highlights: American Painting (Boston, 2003) available at www.mfashop.com/mfa-publications.html.

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    Dimensions

    50.8 x 60.64 cm (20 x 23 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    le Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    1993.867a

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  • The Temptation and Fall of Eve (Illustration to Milton's...

    1808

    William Blake, English, 1757–1827 English

    Description
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    Dimensions

    49.7 x 38.7 cm (19 9/16 x 15 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Pen and watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    90.99

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  • Richard

    1979

    R. B. Kitaj, American, 1932–2007 American

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    Dimensions

    Sight: 76.8 x 55.9 cm (30 1/4 x 22 in.) Framed: 104.1 x 83.2 cm (41 x 32 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Pastel and charcoal on paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    2003.11

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  • Study of a Seated Nude

    Aleksandr Yevgeniyevich Yakovlev, Russian (active in France),...

    Description
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    Dimensions

    88.9 x 68.58 cm (35 x 27 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on pressed-wood board

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    1984.979

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  • Henri Matisse and his model

    1939

    Brassaï (Gyula Halasz), French (born in Hungary), 1899–1984...

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image: 23.18 x 27.94 cm (9 1/8 x 11 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1976.726

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  • Figure (Study for or after "Red Stone Dancer")

    1913–14

    Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, French (active in Britain), 1891–1915...

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    Sheet: 20.7 x 14 cm (8 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Green wash

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    66.219

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  • The Archangel Raphael with Adam and Eve (Illustration to...

    1808

    William Blake, English, 1757–1827 English

    Description
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    Dimensions

    49.8 x 39.8 cm (19 5/8 x 15 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Pen and watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    90.97

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  • Satan Watching the Caresses of Adam and Eve (Illustration to...

    1808

    William Blake, English, 1757–1827 English

    Description
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    Dimensions

    50.5 x 38 cm (19 7/8 x 14 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Pen and watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    90.96

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  • A Study of Cross-lights

    about 1910

    Denman Waldo Ross, American, 1853–1935 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    80.96 x 65.4 cm (31 7/8 x 25 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    19.810

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  • Nude (Sketch for Conquerors of Salamis)

    Fernand Cormon, French, 1845–1924 French

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    Accession Number

    RES.38.586

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  • Nude Man Seated and Another Standing, with a Woman and Baby...

    about 1646

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch, 1606–1669 Dutch

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    Platemark: 19.7 x 12.8 cm (7 3/4 x 5 1/16 in.) Sheet: 20.5 x 13.4 cm (8 1/16 x 5 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Etching

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    Accession Number

    P575

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  • Nude Man Seated and Another Standing, with a Woman and Baby...

    about 1646

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch, 1606–1669 Dutch

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    Platemark: 19.3 x 12.7 cm (7 5/8 x 5 in.) Sheet: 20 x 13.4 cm (7 7/8 x 5 1/4 in.)

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    Etching

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    Accession Number

    P576

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  • Nude Man Seated Before a Curtain

    1646

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch, 1606–1669 Dutch

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    Sheet: 16.4 x 9.7 cm (6 7/16 x 3 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Etching

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    P574

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  • The Little Nude Model, Reading

    1889–90

    James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American (active in England),...

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image: 16.7 x 17.9 cm (6 9/16 x 7 1/16 in.) Sheet: 32.3 x 22.9 cm (12 11/16 x 9 in.)

    Medium

    Transfer lithograph

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    M21092

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  • Female Nude with Flowers

    Hashiguchi Goyô, Japanese, 1881–1921 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 8 x 13 cm (3 1/8 x 5 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on cardstock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2005.10

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  • Standing Female Nude

    1905–08

    Elie Nadelman, American, 1882–1946 American

    Description

    This drawing predates Elie Nadelman's emigration to America. Born in Poland, he studied briefly in Warsaw before going to Munich where in 1902 he encountered the astounding collection of Classical antiquities housed in the Glyptothek. By 1904, he had moved to Paris where he would live for next decade. He was drawn to the power of Classical and Renaissance sculpture, which he studied in the Louvre; yet, he was fully engaged with avant-garde activities. From 1905-08, the period in which he made the present drawing, he exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants and at the Salon d'Automne. In his first solo exhibition, at the Galerie Druet, he showed, among other things, a series of full-length standing nudes in bronze and plaster. The drawing may well have served him in the creation of those figures.
    In a statement widely cited because of its truth, Nadelman said in 1910, "I employ no other line than the curve, which possesses freshness and force. I compose the curves so as to bring them in accord in opposition to each other." This practice is quite evident in the present drawing. Beginning with a broadly drawn pencil underdrawing, Nadelman arranged the main contours of the figure in rhythms and counterpoints. At this stage the drawing would have resembled the stylized outline drawings that he sometimes deemed complete. Nadelman's underdrawing was made with sufficient pressure that it is easily seen. Whereas many other artists make very light underdrawings that are inconspicuous, easily inked over, or readily erased, Nadelman uses his as part of the complete image. Here pencil lines very clearly define the feet, hands, and other features.
    Nadelman's sculptural sense came into full play as he used a fine drafting pen to apply ink in narrow bands of parallel hatching that give the figure formidable heft, yet a bizarre, mannered, over-defined physiognomy. Even her breasts appear to be subdivided into smaller muscle groups. The numerous resultant highlights give her body the appearance of being a hard substance with a polished surface, similar to sculpture in stone or bronze.
    It has been observed that Nadelman derived the pose from Michelangelo's "Dying Slave" intended for the tomb of Pope Julius II (Louvre). It might be more accurate to say that he took the Slave as his point of departure, for he altered nearly every aspect of the composition. Besides transforming the figure into a woman, he changed the positions of the arms, hands, and left leg. He also relaxed the figure, reducing the backward thrust of the shoulders and the tension in the abdomen. The woman's ample hips and thighs accentuate the contrapposto distribution of her weight. Her left arm comes to the side of her head rather than reaching behind it. The back of her hand rests against her temple. Her right shoulder is lowered, and she gestures toward her breast.The overall result, however, is a less ecstatic and less weighty figure figure than that of Michelangelo.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 53.3 x 19.1 cm (21 x 7 1/2 in.) Framed: 78 x 44 x 3.5 cm (30 11/16 x 17 5/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Pen and ink over graphite pencil underdrawing on cream colored Asian paper

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    Drawings

    Accession Number

    2006.846

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  • Nude Man Seated on the Ground with One Leg Extended

    1646

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch, 1606–1669 Dutch

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Platemark: 9.5 x 16.8 cm (3 3/4 x 6 5/8 in.) Sheet: 10.6 x 18.2 cm (4 3/16 x 7 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Etching

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    P578

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  • Nude Man Seated on the Ground with One Leg Extended

    1646

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch, 1606–1669 Dutch

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 10 x 15.8 cm (3 15/16 x 6 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Etching, counterproof

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    P579

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  • Seated Nude Woman, Seen from Behind (Study for "Summer")

    Artist Raphaël Collin, French, 1850–1916 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 61.9 x 47.0 cm (24 3/8 x 18 1/2 in.) Frame: 73.7 x 58.4 cm (29 x 23 in.)

    Medium

    Charcoal on cream laid paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    RES.38.561

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  • Nude (Sketch for Conquerors of Salamis)

    Fernand Cormon, French, 1845–1924 French

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    Accession Number

    RES.38.566

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  • Reclining Female Nude (Study for "Summer"); verso:...

    Artist Raphaël Collin, French, 1850–1916 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 38.1 x 58.4 cm (15 x 23 in.) Frame: 73.7 x 58.4 cm (29 x 23 in.)

    Medium

    Charcoal, extensively stumped, on cream laid paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    RES.38.556

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  • Standing Female Nude, Seen from Behind (recto and verso)

    Artist Raphaël Collin, French, 1850–1916 French

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    18 3/4 x 16 in

    Medium

    Charcoal on cream laid paper

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    Drawings

    Accession Number

    RES.38.550

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  • Nude Woman Seated on a Mound

    about 1631

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch, 1606–1669 Dutch

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 17.5 x 16 cm (6 7/8 x 6 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Etching

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    P582

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  • The Battle of the Nudes

    1470–98

    Antonio Pollaiuolo, Italian, 1431–1498 Italian

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Platemark: 40.4 x 60.7 cm (15 7/8 x 23 7/8 in.) Sheet: 55.8 x 71.1 cm (21 15/16 x 28 in.)

    Medium

    Engraving

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    P974

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  • Nude Figure Kneeling Among Clouds

    about 1928

    Kahlil Gibran, American, 1883–1931 American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 27.9 x 21.6 cm (11 x 8 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Graphite pencil and watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    32.106

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  • Double- sided drawing for "Apollo in his Chariot with the...

    1921–25

    John Singer Sargent, American, 1856–1925 American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 63 x 48.5 cm (24 13/16 x 19 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    a. (Recto): charcoal on paper b. (Verso): charcoal and graphite pencil on paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    28.658

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  • Standing Nude

    1900–05

    Auguste (René) Rodin, French, 1840–1917 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 32.5 x 25 cm (12 13/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Graphite pencil and watercolor

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    07.858

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  • Nude female figure

    1550–1070 B.C.

    Description

    Nude female figure, hair braided and arms straight at sides. Faience; no trace of color. Very good condition. From Zawiyet el-Aryan

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.5 x 3 x 2.2 cm (5 5/16 x 1 3/16 x 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Faience

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    11.2519

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  • Study of a Nude Girl

    1901

    Antonio Mancini, Italian, 1852–1930 Italian

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 29 x 21.6 cm (11 7/16 x 8 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Watercolor and colored chalks on gray paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    05.107

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  • Miniature oinochoe (chous) depicting a nude boy with his pet bird

    about 425–420 B.C.

    Description

    Squat form. Small nude boy standing before a table on which is a bird.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.); diameter: 7.1 cm (2 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure technique

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    01.8086

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  • Study of a Male Nude, Ecorché

    late 16th century

    Unidentified artist, Italian, 16th century, Italian

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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 42.2 x 19.9 cm (16 5/8 x 7 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Red chalk on tan antique laid paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    94.88

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  • Reclining Male Nude; verso: Male Nude with Raised Arm

    undated

    Attributed to Carle van Loo, French, 1705–1765 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 43.1 x 27.5 cm (16 15/16 x 10 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Red chalk on tan antique laid paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    15.1347

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  • Caricature of a overweight nude woman

    about 300 B.C.

    Description

    A caricature of an overweight nude woman with crude face and smile. Her arms are crossed and head is twisted as if in a dance--a parody of a courtesan Possible from Tanagra.

    Details

    Dimensions

    13.2 cm (5 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Terracotta

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    03.915

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  • Nude

    19th century

    Charles Bargue, French, about 1825–1883 French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 19.8 x 17.6 cm (7 13/16 x 6 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Graphite pencil

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    27.493

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  • Interior of a Bathhouse

    Attributed to Isoda Koryûsai, Japanese, 1735–1790 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Horizontal chûban; 17.2 x 25 cm (6 3/4 x 9 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.4962

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  • Standing Male Nude with Raised Arms (Study for a Caryatid)

    17th century

    Attributed to Simone Cantarini, Italian (active in Pesaro and...

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 18.9 x 13.2 cm (7 7/16 x 5 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Red chalk heightened with white on cream antique laid paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    20.864

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  • Nude youth

    4th century B.C. or later

    Description

    The youth held an object such as a kantharos or phiale in his lowered right hand. He could have been an attendant from a large "funerary banquet" relief.

    The head, left arm, and legs below the knees are missing. The relief is relatively thin and the figure fairly flat. The back of the background is finished off roughly.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x depth: 14 x 3 cm (5 1/2 x 1 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Marble, Attic mainland, probably Pentelic

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    18.442

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  • Reclining Male Nude with Subsidiary Study of a Face; verso: Two...

    Attributed to Carle van Loo, French, 1705–1765 French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 26.8 x 41.5 cm (10 9/16 x 16 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Black and white chalk on tan antique laid paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    15.1348

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  • The Lady of the Gorge

    1912

    Childe Hassam, American, 1859–1935 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    56.2 x 60.96 cm (22 1/8 x 24 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    19.1324

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  • Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

    1897–98

    Paul Gauguin, French, 1848–1903 French

    Description

    In 1891, Gauguin left France for Tahiti, seeking in the South Seas a society that was simpler and more elemental than that of his homeland. In Tahiti, he created paintings that express a highly personal mythology. He considered this work—created in 1897, at a time of great personal crisis—to be his masterpiece and the summation of his ideas. Gauguin's letters suggest that the fresco-like painting should be read from right to left, beginning with the sleeping infant. He describes the various figures as pondering the questions of human existence given in the title; the blue idol represents "the Beyond." The old woman at the far left, "close to death," accepts her fate with resignation.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 139.1 x 374.6 cm (54 3/4 x 147 1/2 in.) Framed: 171.5 x 406.4 x 8.9 cm (67 1/2 x 160 x 3 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    36.270

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  • Study of a Male Nude

    1810–1820

    Unidentified artist, French, first quarter 19th century, French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    80.7 x 61.9 cm (31 3/4 x 24 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    91.26

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  • Susanna and the Elders

    about 1845–55

    William Perkins Babcock, American, 1826–1899 American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    30.8 x 24.76 cm (12 1/8 x 9 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on panel

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    00.509

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  • Riverbank with Bathers

    about 1882

    Jean Charles Cazin, French, 1841–1901 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    131.2 x 147 cm (51 5/8 x 57 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    20.593

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  • Judith with the Head of Holofernes

    1543

    Jan Massys, Netherlandish, 1509–1575 Netherlandish

    Description
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    Dimensions

    102.2 x 75.6 cm (40 1/4 x 29 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on panel

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    12.1048

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  • Automedon with the Horses of Achilles

    1868

    Henri Regnault, French, 1843–1871 French

    Description

    Regnault's painting illustrates a story from Homer's Iliad. Automedon, chariot driver for the Greek warrior Achilles, restrains the horses Xanthos (behind) and Balios, two beasts who could predict the future. As Regnault wrote, "the horses, aware that their master [Achilles] is taking them into combat, and that this combat will be the last and will cost him his life, struggle and wrest with the groom who has come to take them from their pasture. One of them, chestnut brown, rises like a great dark phantom, outlining himself against the sky. I wanted to give the picture a foretaste of disaster."

    Details

    Dimensions

    315 x 329 cm (124 x 129 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    90.152

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  • Seated Nude (Les Regrets)

    1847–48

    Jean-François Millet, French, 1814–1875 French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    25.1 x 18.4 cm (9 7/8 x 7 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on panel

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    19.97

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  • Moorish Bath

    1870

    Jean-Léon Gérôme, French, 1824–1904 French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 50.8 x 40.6cm (20 x 16in.) Other (Framed): 82.6 x 14 x 73cm (32 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 28 3/4in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Panels

    Accession Number

    24.217

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  • Captives

    Evariste Vital Luminais, French, 1822–1896 French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    56 x 46.3 cm (22 1/16 x 18 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    24.230

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  • Mars and Venus

    about 1630

    Nicolas Poussin, French (active in Rome), 1594–1665 French

    Description

    Poussin was the foremost French painter of the seventeenth century, although he spent almost his entire career in Rome. His restrained and idealizing style, inspired by the art of classical antiquity and the Renaissance, influenced the course of French painting for three hundred years. This allegory of the triumph of love over war shows Mars, god of war, enraptured by Venus, goddess of love, while her attendant Cupids make playthings of his weapons and armor. In its harmonious landscape, warm tonalities, and sensuous mood, this early work demonstrates Poussin's deep admiration of painters of the Venetian Renaissance.

    Details

    Dimensions

    154.9 x 213.7 cm (61 x 84 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    40.89

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  • Summer Afternoon (Artist in his Studio with a Model)

    about 1913

    Sir William Orpen, Irish (active in England), 1878–1931 Irish

    Description

    Orpen studied in Dublin and then at London's Slade School, becoming one of the most successful, and most honored, portrait painters of his generation. Here, in one of his numerous forays into self-portraiture, Orpen (who was known for his wit and humor) depicts himself at work in his Chelsea studio, gesturing mock-heroically as his model yawns.

    Details

    Dimensions

    96.5 x 86.4 cm (38 x 34 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    48.582

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  • Reclining Nude

    about 1840–41

    Gustave Courbet, French, 1819–1877 French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    104.7 x 143.5 cm (41 1/4 x 56 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on paper mounted on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    57.702

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  • Nymph and Shepherd in a Landscape

    about 1630

    Cornelis van Poelenburch, Dutch, about 1594 or 1595–1667 Dutch

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    19 x 27.9 cm (7 1/2 x 11 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on copper

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    1987.56

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  • Venus Clipping Cupid's Wings

    about 1870–73

    Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, French, 1796–1875 French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    70.5 x 54 cm (27 3/4 x 21 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    1987.745

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  • Susanna and the Elders

    1615

    Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch, 1558–1617 Dutch

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    138 x 104 cm (54 5/16 x 40 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    2000.974

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  • Sketch for the Messianic Era - Soul of Man - Boston Public...

    1903–16

    John Singer Sargent, American, 1856–1925 American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 62.5 x 47.5 cm (24 5/8 x 18 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Charcoal on paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    28.544

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  • The Fall of Man (Adam and Eve)

    1504

    Albrecht Dürer, German, 1471–1528 German

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Platemark: 25.2 x 19.4 cm (9 15/16 x 7 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Engraving

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    30.1042

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  • A Nude Man Reclining, Holding a Club

    about 1526

    Albrecht Dürer, German, 1471–1528 German

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 11.4 x 17.5 cm (4 1/2 x 6 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Pen and balck ink on paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    59.532

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  • Nude Man Seen from Behind

    about 1530–1550

    Antonio da Trento, Italian, about 1510–about 1550 Italian

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 28.6 x 18.1 cm (11 1/4 x 7 1/8 in.) Image (borderline): 28.4 x 17.9 cm (11 3/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Chiaroscuro woodcut printed from two blocks, in light orange-brown and black

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    2002.571

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  • Little Man with Dark Red Foot

    1997

    Javier Marín, Mexican, born in 1962 Mexican

    Description

    Base for sculpture

    Details

    Dimensions

    38 5/8 x 15 3/4 x 13 in.

    Medium

    Oaxaca and Zacatecas clay

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    2003.57.2

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  • Standing Female Nude, Seen from Behind

    1785–90

    Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, French, 1758–1823 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 61 x 34.9 cm (24 x 13 3/4 in.) Framed: 99.1 x 71.1 cm (39 x 28 in.)

    Medium

    Charcoal heightened with white chalk on blue paper

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    Accession Number

    65.2598

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  • Sketch for Prometheus; Various sketches: figures within circles...

    1917–21

    John Singer Sargent, American, 1856–1925 American

    Description
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    Sheet: 47.5 x 62.5 cm (18 11/16 x 24 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Charcoal and graphite pencil (verso) on paper

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    Drawings

    Accession Number

    21.2479

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  • Sketch for Ganymede (MFA Rotunda)

    1917–21

    John Singer Sargent, American, 1856–1925 American

    Description
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    Sheet: 48 x 63 cm (18 7/8 x 24 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Charcoal and graphite pencil on paper

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    Drawings

    Accession Number

    21.2480

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  • Sketch for Eros and Psyche - Psyche - (MFA Rotunda)

    1917–21

    John Singer Sargent, American, 1856–1925 American

    Description
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    Sheet: 63 x 48 cm (24 13/16 x 18 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Charcoal and graphite pencil on paper

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    Accession Number

    21.2481

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  • Sketch for Cartouche over Prometheus - Youth Kneeling - (MFA Rotunda)

    1917–21

    John Singer Sargent, American, 1856–1925 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 48 x 63 cm (18 7/8 x 24 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Charcoal on paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    21.2486

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  • Sketch for Fame (MFA Rotunda)

    1917–21

    John Singer Sargent, American, 1856–1925 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 63.4 x 47.5 cm (24 15/16 x 18 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Charcoal on paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    21.2491

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  • Sketch for the Sphinx and the Chimaera - Chimaera - (MFA Rotunda)

    1917–21

    John Singer Sargent, American, 1856–1925 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 62.2 x 44.5 cm (24 1/2 x 17 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Charcoal on paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    21.2493

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  • Sketch for cartouche over Music - Youth Seated - (MFA Rotunda)

    1917–21

    John Singer Sargent, American, 1856–1925 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 47.5 x 63 cm (18 11/16 x 24 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Charcoal on paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    21.2499

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  • Sketch for Architecture, Painting and Sculpture - Figure seated...

    1917–21

    John Singer Sargent, American, 1856–1925 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 47.5 x 63 cm (18 11/16 x 24 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Charcoal on paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    21.2500

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  • Sketch for Dancing Figures - Central Figure - (MFA Rotunda)

    1917–21

    John Singer Sargent, American, 1856–1925 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 63 x 48 cm (24 13/16 x 18 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Charcoal on paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    21.2509

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  • Sketch for Architecture, Painting and Sculpture - Relief Figure...

    1917–21

    John Singer Sargent, American, 1856–1925 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 48 x 63 cm (18 7/8 x 24 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Charcoal on paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    21.2517

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  • Sketch for Cartouche over Prometheus - Youth - (MFA Rotunda)

    1917–21

    John Singer Sargent, American, 1856–1925 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 47.2 x 63 cm (18 9/16 x 24 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Charcoal on paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    21.2516

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  • Academic Study of a Nude Man

    1856–58

    Edgar Degas, French, 1834–1917 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 61 x 46.7 cm (24 x 18 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Charcoal on gray laid paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    38.1653

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  • After the Bath (large version)

    1891–92

    Edgar Degas, French, 1834–1917 French

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    Dimensions

    Image: 30 x 31 cm (11 13/16 x 12 3/16 in.); Stonemark (from a second stone): 30 x 34 cm (11 13/16 x 13 3/8 in.); Sheet: 41 x 48.9 cm (16 1/8 x 19 1/4in.)

    Medium

    Lithograph, transfer, and crayon

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    1982.616

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  • Nude Woman Standing, Drying Herself

    1891–92

    Edgar Degas, French, 1834–1917 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image: 33 x 24.5 cm (13 x 9 5/8 in.); Sheet: 45.5 x 29.3 cm (17 15/16 x 11 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Lithograph, transfer from monotype, crayon, tusche, and scraping

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    1983.313

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  • Two Young Women Bathing in the Woods

    1929

    Roland Oudot, French, 1897–1981 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    100.3 x 81 cm (39 1/2 x 31 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    37.274

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  • Mercury and a Sleeping Herdsman

    about 1632–33

    Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish, 1577–1640 Flemish

    Description

    Figure studies for the ceiling of the Banqueting House, Whitehall.

    Details

    Dimensions

    63.519 x 53 cm (25 x 20 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on panel

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    42.179

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  • Hercules as Heroic Virtue Overcoming Discord

    about 1632–33

    Workshop of Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish, 1577–1640 Flemish

    Description

    Study for the ceiling of the Banqueting House, Whitehall.

    Details

    Dimensions

    63.8 x 48.6 cm (25 1/8 x 19 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on panel

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    47.1543

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  • Expulsion from Paradise

    1470s

    Benvenuto di Giovanni, Italian (Sienese), 1436–about 1518...

    Description
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    25.7 x 34.6 cm (10 1/8 x 13 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Tempera on panel

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    56.512

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  • Reclining Nude

    1909

    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, German, 1880–1938 German

    Description

    In 1905 Kirchner was among the founders of an idealistic artistic brotherhood in Dresden called The Bridge (Die Brücke). Inspired by the intensity of Vincent van Gogh's vision of nature, Paul Gauguin's arbitrary color, and the expressive distortion of the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, these young artists and others developed a powerful style now known as German Expressionism. This nude embodies the Expressionist ideal - brilliant, exaggerated color; a deliberate roughness of texture; and the freshness of a sketch retained in the finished work.

    Details

    Dimensions

    74 x 151.5 cm (29 1/8 x 59 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    57.2

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  • Actaeon Watching Diana and Her Nymphs Bathing

    1612

    Joachim Anthoniesz. Wtewael, Dutch, 1566–1638 Dutch

    Description

    Diana was the goddess of the hunt and guardian of chastity. For spying on her as she and her nymphs bathed, Actaeon was turned into a stag and killed by his own hounds. Wtewael's contemporaries interpreted the story allegorically as an admonition against the weakness of the flesh. Although a later work by the artist, this painting still retains the refined artificiality of pose and palette favored by the Mannerists.

    Details

    Dimensions

    56.5 x 75.9 cm (22 1/4 x 29 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on panel

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    57.119

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  • Standing Figure

    1908

    Pablo Picasso, Spanish (worked in France), 1881–1973 Spanish

    Description

    This painting of a nude woman with her arms crossed behind her head was created during a key period of invention and experimentation, as Picasso began to construct his paintings in a new way. The figure is translated into simplified, geometric forms, reflecting Picasso's interest in the art of Africa and Oceania. Using only a few colors, he focuses our attention on the intersection of these forms, linking figure and ground in a dynamic, curving rhythm.

    Details

    Dimensions

    150.2 x 100.3 cm (59 1/8 x 39 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    58.976

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  • Actaeon Watching Diana and her Nymphs Bathing

    1560s

    Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari), Italian (Venetian), 1528–1588...

    Description
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    Dimensions

    26 x 101 cm (10 1/4 x 39 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    59.260

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  • Two Nudes (Lovers)

    1913

    Oskar Kokoschka, Austrian, 1886–1980 Austrian

    Description

    Painted in Vienna in the years just prior to World War I, Two Nudes is a self-portrait of Kokoschka with Alma Mahler, a symbolic testimonial to the artist's tumultuous affair with the widow of the great composer Gustav Mahler. Kokoschka's haunted expression and the ambiguous poses of the two lovers—who seem both to embrace and to move past each other—reflect a complex and tormented relationship. Kokoschka's bold brushwork and Expressionist style were influenced not only by van Gogh but by the sixteenth-century Spanish painter El Greco, whose work Kokoschka greatly admired.

    Details

    Dimensions

    163.2 x 97.5 cm (64 1/4 x 38 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    1973.196

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  • Women and Children Bathing in a River

    Léon-Augustin Lhermitte, French, 1844–1925 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    43.8 x 54 cm (17 1/4 x 21 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Pastel on paper

    Classification

    Pastels

    Accession Number

    1981.279

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  • Proposition Diurne (La femme au miroir)

    1937

    Paul Delvaux, Belgian, 1897–1994 Belgian

    Description

    Delvaux and René Magritte (1898-1967) were the major Belgian exponents of Surrealism. Dating from the period when Delvaux arrived at his signature style, the hallucinatory quality of this scene is enhanced by his precise, almost hyper-realist, technique. Here, as if in a dream, an idealized nude woman examines a mirror that does not reflect her face, but remains as empty as her expression.

    Details

    Dimensions

    105.4 x 130.2 cm (41 1/2 x 51 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    2003.32

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  • Carmelina

    1903

    Henri Matisse, French, 1869–1954 French

    Description

    Matisse represented the female nude many times, both in painting and in sculpture. In this striking early work, the rounded forms of Carmelina's body, strongly modeled in light and dark, stand out almost in relief against the pattern of rectangular shapes behind her. The subject of the nude, usually relaxed and seductive, here becomes a confrontation between the boldly posed model and the artist, who is visible in the mirror at the back of the studio.

    Details

    Dimensions

    81.3 x 59 cm (32 x 23 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    RES.32.14

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  • The Morning Glory

    1899

    Elihu Vedder, American, 1836–1923 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    35.56 x 35.24 cm (14 x 13 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on paper mounted on canvasboard

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    26.781

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  • Kohl vessel in the form of a nude woman

    1550–1186 B.C.

    Description

    Missing lid

    Details

    Dimensions

    H. 12.8 cm, w. 3.6 cm, d. 6.8 cm

    Medium

    Painted wood

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    72.4158

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  • Nude female statuette

    5th century B.C.

    Description

    Nude female statuette. In frontal pose with right arm hanging straight at the side. The navel is a large hole. Missing, the head, left arm and feet.

    Details

    Dimensions

    7.5 cm (2 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Terracotta

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    88.878

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