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rtones (or perhaps overtones). Schiele regularly
used himself as a model, and depicts himself in
the throes of despair,
vulnerability, and self-
Assessment. In his nude self-portraits, Schiele ex
plores “the power of sexuality issues of
bodily individuality, and
carnal experience.”
What better means
to learn about a brand new individuality in “manhood” than by
In Schiele’s
Nude Self-Portrait
from 1910, the artists
feet or hands, and his red eye reflected by his nipples,
navel, and manhood. The image is
in striking contrast to the
calm and accumulated Neoclassical men, and even to Rodin’s
Psychological sculptures. Schiele
goes in the direct reverse
Course of idealization, and instead abstracts himself to the
Purpose of the grotesque. The artist
is tortured and intense as
he attempts to get his internal self. Egon Schiele
Egon Schiele,
Nude Self-Portrait,
completely broke away from the European trad
ition of the nude by trying to capture the
Thus far, the bare self-portrait appears to be an e
fficient means to depict on
e’s private turmoil, but
this process is of course by no means the only way
to give measurement to questions, want, or
Social shifts. Throughout the twen
to use the male nude to give
visual language to
the shifting world.
The Changing Guy
During the 1960s, in postwar American society, the
code of masculinity continued to change. In
his article
Social Nudism, Masculinity, and the Male N
ude in the Work of William Theo Brown
and in the 1960s,
David McCarthy clarifies that
these two artists offered
alternative vision of the man
State. During cen
the free body increased the popularity of
Societal nudism as a utopian notion.
Naturist magazines
provided vision of the great fr
eedom and enjoyment that could be ha
d as a nudist. These magazines
depicted individuals relaxing, playing sports, and in
The same as in a regular
magazine, except that the folks were totally nude. The American artist William Theo Brown
(1919-2012) used Scandinavian fkk magazines
as inspiration for his paintings. McCarthy
believes that Brown’s male nudes demonstrat
e a homoeroticism that was considered
Unsuitable (if actualized in real life) during
the time that the artist created the images.
Brown painted male nudes socializing together in
Queer want. Because the bather as a subj
ect has such history in
western artwork, Brown was
able to express his desires in a way
that could be deemed “suitable.”
In Brown’s painting
Muscatine Diver,
from 1962-1963, the artist depicts two naked male
bathers, both in motion (affected by the magazi
nes). The artist’s intere
st in painting nudes in
the outside expresses his desi
nature, and possibly gain the vi
ewer’s subconscious acceptance
of the natural want of homose
xuality. McCarthy describes that
Brown attempted to illustrate the lifestyle that he believed in.
Much like the “crisis in masculinity” that both Solomon-
Godeau and Hammer Tugendhat describe, the 1960s postwar
volving notion of manhood, and artists
continued to attach images to
their perceptions of themselves,
and others as men. So far, we’ve just looked at images of
nude men by other guys! Certainly, there must be another
View on the bare man, besides from that of his own
The Female Gaze
The notion of the gaze is usually associated with a male gaze
directed towards a female.
William Theo Brown,
1962. Oil on canvas, 152.4
x 101.6 cm, The Oakland
Museum of California.
Embraced “representational strategies to challenge
female sexuality and eroticism, critique visual economies that limit women to heterosexual and
maternal identities, and celebrate manners of
existence that transcend patriarchy and white
Even just the works discussed in this
paper demonstrate how western artwork and its
history have been dominated by the white man. As
previously discussed, the genre of the female
nude is widespread, which brings us back to th
e essence of this paper, “What About the Man
Nude?” Now we understand that there have been male
nudes in post-Renaissance art, but male artists
Created all of them. So, what about male nudes
created by female artists? Feminist artists
addressed just this dilemma by creating images of
naked men, so the idea of the gaze might
be shaken up.
Feminist artists such used the male bare to expr