Fat Men in Art

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


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theparisreview:

Ninth Day
Downstairs, the heavy door opens.Voices risethickly,touch me like a physical force.The air is tangywith strains of musicas I lift my arms slowly.There is no need for more.I am fatted on the rindof shadows, harvested lightand what light enables.I allow myhself to be led to the table.
—Nicholas Samaras, from “Fasting.” Art: Thomas Rowlandson, Fast Day.

theparisreview:

Ninth Day

Downstairs, the heavy door opens.
Voices rise
thickly,
touch me like a physical force.
The air is tangy
with strains of music
as I lift my arms slowly.
There is no need for more.
I am fatted on the rind
of shadows, harvested light
and what light enables.
I allow myhself to be led to the table.

Nicholas Samaras, from “Fasting.” Art: Thomas Rowlandson, Fast Day.

centuriespast:

Honoré DaumierFrench, 1808 - 1879
Les Baigneurs, before June 1839
Lithograph, 8.25 x 10.75
Bell Gallery

centuriespast:

Honoré Daumier
French, 1808 - 1879
Les Baigneurs, before June 1839
Lithograph, 8.25 x 10.75
Bell Gallery
magictransistor:

Fernando Botero, Mort de Pablo Escobar (Death of Pablo Escobar), 1999.

magictransistor:

Fernando Botero, Mort de Pablo Escobar (Death of Pablo Escobar), 1999.

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.