New in the gallery -- Igor Sychev

Igor Sychev

(From the artist's statement:)

The feminine nude has always been central to the history of art, although masculine nudity has also attracted artists. In our time, despite the fact that Western society is quite liberal, the image of a nude male body still causes discomfort, while in the ancient world, it was precisely the male nude figure which was associated with beauty. For many centuries the popes covered the intimate parts of male sculptures in the Vatican. Part of the body of the copy of Michelangelo's "David" which stood in a London museum was covered with a large fig leaf which had been made especially after the body part had shocked Queen Victoria. As a rule, the male body was hidden under draping on the canvases of the great masters.


I felt a certain sensation of unfairness in the attention paid to this subject in painting. Thus, inspired by the works of recognized masters and by the architecture of the male body, I decided to dedicate my work to the male nude figure. In actuality, a nude body depicted by an artist may become a symbol of purity, beauty and noble feelings; it can relay emotions; it can be filled with vileness and it can repulse. Here, not everything depends upon the artist's craftsmanship, but also upon how finely the artist feels this boundary.


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