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Recumbent Male Nude (study)

  • paper, Conté crayon, charcoal, chalk
  • 478 x 650 mm
  • Inv. 2018-EK

Public Domain

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Charles Verlat (1824-1890) and Victor Servranckx (1897-1965) are not usually mentioned in the same breath. The former was an 'académicien', a traditionalist, director of the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts for decades, and specialised in portrait and history painting: biblical, mythological, historical and religious themes. Servranckx, on the other hand, is known as one of the earliest abstract artists in Belgium. And yet: various youthful drawings by Verlat in the MSK collection come from Servranckx's eclectic collection. Although he himself went in a completely different direction, he certainly knew how to appreciate a good drawing, even if it came from a highly conservative artist. Verlat made the drawing during his study years at the Antwerp Academy. It illustrates an important aspect of drawing education at that time, namely drawing from a 'living' model (i.e. male nudes).


Charles Verlat RKD
Antwerp 1824 - Antwerp 1890
draftsmen (artists)AAT

Title Recumbent Male Nude (study)
Period 19th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) top right: Verlat
Collection print room
Object type chalk drawings AAT
pencil drawings AAT
Inventory number 2018-EK
Acquisition credit gift
Servranckx-Turcksin, Angelina
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 31A the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) Iconclass
31A1 canon, proportions Iconclass
31A14 human figure of ideal proportions, e.g. academic nude Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
School / Style academicism AAT
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