Masculin / Masculin : l'homme nu dans l'art de 1800 à nos jours

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Camille Félix Bellanger, 'Abel', 1874-1875 / © Musée d'Orsay, dist. RMN / Patrice Schmidt
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Pierre et Gilles, 'Mercure', 2001 / Collection particulière © Pierre et Gilles. Courtesy Galerie Jérôme de Noir mont, Paris.
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Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Desmarais, 'Le Berger Pâris', 1787 / Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa Photo © MBAC
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Auguste Rodin, 'L’Age d’airain', 1877-1880 / © Musée d'Orsay, dist. RMN / Patrice Schmidt
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Gustave Moreau, 'Jason', 1865 / © RMN (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

This autumn, men will be sporting their birthday suits at the Musée d’Orsay: naked, nude, stripped, as nature intended. The male body in all its forms is shown off in an exhibition that focuses on one of the major themes of Western art (though rarely explored from this angle). Paintings, sculptures, drawings and photos from the 19th century to the present day dissect the diverse representations of the ‘male object’: sometimes a symbol of virility, sometimes an emblem of classical beauty. And sometimes, simply, reduced to the bald status of a pin-up.

Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun 9.30am-6pm; Thu 9.30am-9.45pm

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