Nudes in American Art


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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

The Dispassionate Body: Philip Pearlstein, Paintings and Drawings of Figures in Still Life; with essay titled "The Model as Painter and Painted" by Desirée Alvarez (10/2/06)

Viola Frey: A Lasting Legacy; essay by Kenneth R. Trapp (7/28/05)

Edward Weston: Life Work (10/1/04)

Thomas Eakins' "The Swimming Hole"; essay by Doreen Bolger and Claire M. Barry (4/1/04)

Conversion to Modernism: The Early Work of Man Ray ; essays by Francis M. Naumann and Gail Stavitsky (9/2/03)

The Great American Nude (6/5/02)

Whistler's Nudes at the Freer Gallery of Art (2/13/02)

The Model Wife (11/24/00)

The Nude 2000 (1/15/00)

The Nude in Contemporary Art (7/14/99)


TFAO references:

As of 12/5/13 TFAO Digital Library contained 202 pages referencing the phrase "nudes." and 422 pages referencing the phrase "nude."


From other websites:

Naked: 20th Century Nudes from the Dijkstra Collection, an exhibit held November 22, 2014 - March 8, 2015 at the Oceanside Museum of Art. Accessed April, 2015.

The Nude In American Art from askArt. Accessed August, 2015.

The Smart Museum of Art - University of Chicago produced a video titled SYLVIA SLEIGH: EQUALITY available online through ArtBabble. According to ArtBabble, "Sylvia Sleigh talks about painting male nudes and stressing the equality of men and women." Accessed June, 2015.


DVD/VHS videos:

-- not researched

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-- not researched



Robert O. Mellown: "The Great American Nude Book Review" American Art Review March-April 1975 (Volume II, Number 2)



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