Standing Male Nude (Vincent Spinelli)

John Flanagan American

Not on view

Flanagan, like so many American artists of the late nineteenth century, sought training in Paris, traveling there in 1890 after serving as an assistant in the New York studio of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Following a rigorous admission process, Flanagan enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts in July 1891, the preeminent academy for artists and architects, studying in the atelier of Alexandre Falguière. Drawings such as this study of a male nude, known as académies, were a staple of life drawing classes, in which attaining expertise in rendering the nude form was paramount.

Standing Male Nude (Vincent Spinelli), John Flanagan (American, Newark, New Jersey 1865–1952 New York), Charcoal on paper, American

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