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).
|Title||Study of a Recumbent Male Nude|
|Signatures, inscriptions, and markings||signatures (names) top right: Verlat|
pencil drawings AAT
|Current whereabouts||Work currently not on display|
|Art & Architecture Thesaurus||300189808 figures (representations) AAT|
the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa)
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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