Fat Men in Art

The fat masculine figure in painting, drawing, sculpture, and illustration.


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centuriespast:

CRANACH, Lucas the ElderJohannes Carionc. 1530Beech panel, 52 x 37 cmStaatliche Museen, Berlin

centuriespast:

CRANACH, Lucas the Elder
Johannes Carion
c. 1530
Beech panel, 52 x 37 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

theparisreview:

James Boswell had more hobbies than just following around Samuel Johnson; he was also “an inveterate execution goer in an age when such activity was considered prurient for a gentleman … Boswell diligently noted the names and crimes of the condemned: robbery, theft, escaping a prison hulk, forgery and murder. He describes a brother and sister convicted of burglary who met their deaths holding hands, only to be separated when they were cut down from the gallows.” He attended at least twenty-one executions, though they gave him nightmares and depressed him. The best hobbies (e.g., writing) often do.
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theparisreview:

James Boswell had more hobbies than just following around Samuel Johnson; he was also “an inveterate execution goer in an age when such activity was considered prurient for a gentleman … Boswell diligently noted the names and crimes of the condemned: robbery, theft, escaping a prison hulk, forgery and murder. He describes a brother and sister convicted of burglary who met their deaths holding hands, only to be separated when they were cut down from the gallows.” He attended at least twenty-one executions, though they gave him nightmares and depressed him. The best hobbies (e.g., writing) often do.

For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

ancient-serpent:

Lukas Cranach the Elder, q, 1531, Koblenz, Schloss Stolzenfels

ancient-serpent:

Lukas Cranach the Elder, q, 1531, Koblenz, Schloss Stolzenfels

magictransistor:

William Hogarth, Beer Street (Original engraved 1751); this is a scan of a Samuel Davenport reprint made between 1806-09.

magictransistor:

William Hogarth, Beer Street (Original engraved 1751); this is a scan of a Samuel Davenport reprint made between 1806-09.

Dvarapala (temple guardian) in Java, Indonesia

Dvarapala (temple guardian) in Java, Indonesia

centuriespast:

Falstaff
William Emlen Cresson (1843-1868)
1866
Oil on canvas
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

centuriespast:

Falstaff

William Emlen Cresson (1843-1868)

1866

Oil on canvas

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

artnet:

Lucian Freud
Lucian Freud is undeniably one of the greatest figurative painters of his time. The sitter for this classic Freud etching was the artist’s favorite model - Leigh Bowery. Bowery (1961-1994) was an Australian performance artist based in London who posed for the artist over a period of four years. Freud’s attraction to Bowery is obvious, for the sheer size and unique look of the sitter, his physical presence a wonderful exotic body to interpret.
This work has been in a private collection for 21 years and is now open for bidding on artnet Auctions. 

artnet:

Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud is undeniably one of the greatest figurative painters of his time. The sitter for this classic Freud etching was the artist’s favorite model - Leigh Bowery. Bowery (1961-1994) was an Australian performance artist based in London who posed for the artist over a period of four years. Freud’s attraction to Bowery is obvious, for the sheer size and unique look of the sitter, his physical presence a wonderful exotic body to interpret.

This work has been in a private collection for 21 years and is now open for bidding on artnet Auctions.