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Pierre-Paul Prud’hon and the Nude in Classical Revival

2010/07/30

Pierre-Paul Prud’hon (1758–1823) was a French Classical-Revival painter and draughtsman known for his stunning chalk-and-charcoal figurative portraits on colored paper.  There is an honesty in his style – almost an heroic honesty – that captures the beauty of the human form in the manner of the finest Greco-Roman sculpture.

We’ve brought three wonderful examples, below and past the jump. (There shall be more…)  Please feel free, dear reader, to zoom-in and note Prud’hon’s very deliberate technique.  For the student of art, locate a copy of John Elderfield’s classic Language of the Body: Drawings by Pierre-Paul Prud’hon.

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Pierre-Paul Prud’hon: Nue, ca. 1790

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Pierre-Paul Prud’hon: Nu ca. 1800

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Pierre-Paul Prud'hon: Woman Standing with Broom ca. 1810

This portrait is presently at the British Museum.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 2010/07/31 07:44

    These are amazing.

    I’m afraid I’m not in a good situation to answer to Ruth’s question, since my studies weren’t in engineering, but I know Embry Riddle has a good reputation. I’ll see what else I can find.

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