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Male Nude

Edward Hopper

American Art

Edward Hopper invested this drawing with a bold frankness and palpable sense of realism that came from working from the live model in a class at the New York School of Art taught by Robert Henri, an influential teacher and leader of the Ashcan School of urban Realists (a drawing by Henri is displayed nearby). Hopper’s skills of close observation are evident in the model’s air of boredom as he holds the pose. The angled forms in the background suggest the tilted easels of other students, while the tiny sketch of a female nude at the upper right injects a note of bawdy humor. Hopper’s graphic talents earned him a teaching position at the school in 1905 and, subsequently, a successful early career as an illustrator.
MEDIUM Charcoal (with possible additions of black crayon) on cream, moderately thick, moderately textured laid paper
DATES ca. 1903–1904
DIMENSIONS Sheet (folded): 24 x 9 5/8 in. (61 x 24.4 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morton Ostrow
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Sheet folded in half along left vertical edge and halves affixed together
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Edward Hopper (American, 1882–1967). Male Nude, ca. 1903–1904. Charcoal (with possible additions of black crayon) on cream, moderately thick, moderately textured laid paper, Sheet (folded): 24 x 9 5/8 in. (61 x 24.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morton Ostrow, 82.253.2. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 82.253.2_IMLS_PS4.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 82.253.2_IMLS_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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