Nude on a Table

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

2001

Artist:

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

Artist

John Currin

Title

Nude on a Table

Origin

United States

Date

2001

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

101.6 x 81.3 cm (40 x 32 in.)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

2001.488

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