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Reclining Male Nude

Jacques Louis David French

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This recently discovered work demonstrates David’s mastery of anatomy in the académie (male nude) format, a type of drawing he would abandon after returning to Paris. He was clearly proud of this example, however; he presented it as a gift to Jean Augustin Renard, who won the Prix de Rome for architecture in 1773 and overlapped with David at the Académie de France in Italy from 1775 to 1777.

Reclining Male Nude, Jacques Louis David (French, Paris 1748–1825 Brussels), Red chalk

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