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  • Seated Male Nude
    Louis Lagrenée (French, 1725–1805)
    Red chalk; 15 5/8 x 19 15/16 in. (39.7 x 50.6 cm)
    Harry G. Sperling Fund, 1985 (1985.112.1)

    This sheet is of a kind sometimes called an academy, that is, a carefully executed drawing of a nude in a studio pose. Although academies were standard exercises for young artists, they were also produced by established draftsmen like Lagrenée, who was a professor at the Académie Royale at the time this drawing was made.

    As was typical, the model assumes a posture inspired by other works of art. The brooding expression and arrangement of the legs recall figures by Michelangelo, making Lagrenée's drawing both a study of the pose from life and an homage to the earlier master. The sharp contour and compact musculature give the figure a sculptural quality which is further enhanced by the hatching used to describe the volumes of the body and the shadows cast by the left arm and right leg.

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  • Seated Male Nude
    Louis Lagrenée (French, 1725–1805)
    Red chalk; 15 5/8 x 19 15/16 in. (39.7 x 50.6 cm)
    Harry G. Sperling Fund, 1985 (1985.112.1)

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