The Male Nude: Eighteenth-century drawings from the Paris Academy

Art, Drawing and illustration
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Dumont le Romain ('Nude man sleeping and leaning on a rock…' (1742))
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'Nude man sleeping and leaning on a rock…' (1742)

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Isabey ('Seated man, leaning on his right arm' (1789))
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'Seated man, leaning on his right arm' (1789)

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Plattemontagne ('Sleeping man, legs bent' (1687))
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'Sleeping man, legs bent' (1687)

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Antoine Jean-Gros ('Man standing, striking a bull' (1790))
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'Man standing, striking a bull' (1790)

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Bachelier ('Male, lying down' (undated))
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'Male, lying down' (undated)

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Carl van Loo (Study of a man sat on a rock (undated))
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Study of a man sat on a rock (undated)

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Carle Van Loo (Male seated, face on, arms raised (undated))
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Male seated, face on, arms raised (undated)

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Charles de la Fosse ('Man seated on the ground, head turned to the left' (undated))
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'Man seated on the ground, head turned to the left' (undated)

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Coypel ('Man lying down, legs bent' (1687))
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'Man lying down, legs bent' (1687)

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Dandré-Bardon ('Male, stretched out, right arm raise' (1769))
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'Male, stretched out, right arm raise' (1769)

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François Boucher ('Study of a man lying down…' (1739))
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'Study of a man lying down…' (1739)

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Godefroid ('Man viewed from behind, leaning to the left' (1782))
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'Man viewed from behind, leaning to the left' (1782)

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J Taraval ('Male, standing, viewed from the back, left knee raised' (undated))
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'Male, standing, viewed from the back, left knee raised' (undated)

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J-F de Troy ('Two men lying on the body of a horse' (undated))
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'Two men lying on the body of a horse' (undated)

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To show your worth as an artist in eighteenth-century France, you had to be adept at capturing the male human form. Nearly 40 drawings of scantly clad men by artists including François Boucher and Jean-Marc Nattier go on display in the lavish setting of the Wallace with their notable collection of French eighteenth-century paintings. Ladies, avert your eyes.

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