I am sure it has been noted that I haven’t shown any male models.
I have nothing against the male form, to the contrary, it can be very beautiful, however it is my opinion that the female form offers more scope.
When I do paint the male form, I often focus on details….or as you will see from the following images, I enjoy observing the strength of the neck and head.
rapid watercolour – Boathouse Studio The nude first became significant in the art of Ancient Greece, where athletic competitions at religious festivals celebrated the human body, particularly the male, in an unparalleled way. The Greeks considered them to be the embodiments of all that was best in humanity.
The ancestry of the female nude in art is distinct form the male in that it embodies the divinity of procreation.
Moving forward it is Michelangelo’s ‘David’ created between 1501 and 1504 that to this day is the embodiment of the sublime male form.
Reclining male – rapid watercolour – Boathouse Studio – rapid watercolour
The strength of male arms – Boathouse studio
Dancer – Paris, France – a superb model – twenty minute study