Shaping men, shaping man. The formative power of the male nude in fin-de-siècle Belgium

Start - End 
2015 - 2019 (ongoing)
Type 
Department(s) 
Department of Art, music and theatre sciences
Other institution(s) 
University of Antwerp
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Research Period 
Research Region 
Research Language 
Additional tags 
Academy
Salon
Print
Belgian art
Sculpture
Painting
The nude

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Abstract

This PhD project charts the discursive power of the artistic male nude in fin-de-siècle Belgium by examining the various ways in which it defined and resisted masculinities and forms of male sociability. Striving to build a bridge between art history and - historically anchored - men's and queer studies, the PhD 'thickly' describes three case studies that highlight health, sexuality and race respectively. The PhD project thus stands to expand our current knowledge of nineteenth-century Belgian art by offering insight into the dynamics of masculinity which it colored and was colored by, but which often remain historiographically unmarked.

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Henk de Smaele

University of Antwerp, Department of History