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Description - Naked Portrait by Martin Hammer

This is the first study of a fascinating, international phenomenon in the art of the past century. Naked portraiture is an original hybrid of the traditional genres of the nude and portrait, and has been created by an astonishing range of major artists, in many different media and in a variety of major artistic centres. Martin Hammer's ground-breaking book compares work by painters such as Egon Schiele, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Pierre Bonnard, Stanley Spencer, Lucian Freud, Tracey Emin and Jenny Saville. The analysis encompasses a rich tradition of naked portraiture using photographic media, produced by figures such as Alfred Stieglitz, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Boris Mikhailov, Nan Goldin, Gary Schneider and Melanie Manchot. The subjects are men and woman, old and young, black and white, healthy and disabled. They might be lovers, close relatives or friends, with their nakedness suggesting the intimacy and tenderness existing between artist and subject. Conversely, the artist might not know them

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781903278956
ISBN-10: 1903278953
Format: Paperback
(267mm x 252mm x 13mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: National Galleries of Scotland
Publisher: National Galleries of Scotland
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Martin Hammer

Martin Hammer is Reader in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. His previous books include Constructing Modernity: The Art and Career of Naum Gabo (2000, co-author Christina Lodder), Bacon and Sutherland (2005), Francis Bacon: Portraits and Heads (2005, co-author Richard Calvocoressi) and the catalogue for the exhibition Graham Sutherland: Landscapes, War Scenes, Portraits 1924-1950 (Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2005).

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