Collecting Men: Early 20th-Century Figurative Art

Our Artist Spotlight often features pieces from the first half of the last century. This collection from Renaissance Man Antiques offers work that inspires the beginning or the seasoned collector.

BY Christopher Harrity

March 31 2014 4:30 AM ET



Standing Male Nude, Important Drawing With Watercolor by Jared French
Along with Paul Cadmus and George Tooker, Jared French was among the first artists in America to live and work as an openly gay man, and like them, he often focused on the male nude and allegorical subjects. French used pen and ink and a ruddy watercolor wash for this nude, showing the influence of Renaissance masters in his mastery of anatomy and draftsmanship.

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