CALEB DAVIS, staff
The Three Graces
50 h x 41 w
DESCRIPTION: graphite on Stonehenge paper, framed
The Three Graces—a vehicle to depict three female nudes in an intimate grouping—is a prominent theme in 18th and 19th-century fine art. Here, in this modern-day rendering, gender norms are refuted. Unlike Antonio Canova's sculpture of the Three Graces from 1817, whose female figures lace together affectionately, the figures in this drawing are male and do not relate with any degree of intimacy. This work brings to question, why should we not contemplate the nude males' interactions with the same dispassionate respect with which we shamelessly gaze at Canova's?
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