standing male nude Sargent set to work immediately on the commission, producing numerous large charcoal drawings of posing models. The drawings gave him an opportunity to exercise afresh a broader range of draftsmanly skills than those required for his portrait painting. Sargent relished the challenge of creating the murals, and these drawings, explorations of the beauty and vigor of the human body, are among the most expressive he ever made.
Standing Male Nude Seen From Behind, ca. 1890
Charcoal on paper, 62 x 47.5 cm
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond
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