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Nude on a Table

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




John Currin
American, born 1962

About this artwork

In his depictions of the female nude, John Currin mines a number of distinct pictorial styles from art history; his figures have exhibited the frilly ruffles and peachy skin tones of French Rococo paintings, as well as the distended anatomies and distorted proportions of Northern Renaissance and early Mannerist works. The faces, makeup, and hairstyles of Currin’s women, however, are always borrowed from contemporary magazines and advertisements. Ultimately, the artist’s fusion of high and low source materials produces distinctly beautiful, often disturbing, works that are equal parts homage and parody. This painting is a direct quotation of Annibale Carracci’s Dead Christ (c. 1584; Staatsgalerie Stuttgart).


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Contemporary Art


John Currin


Nude on a Table


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


101.6 × 81.3 cm (40 × 32 in.)

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Modern and Contemporary Discretionary and Maurice Fulton Funds; through prior acquisitions of the William H. Bartels Prize Fund, Mrs. Charles S. Dewey, Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Logan, and Florene May Schoenborn

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