Artist Spotlight: John Koch

Koch's society paintings grow more charming as time passes, but his paintings of handsome nudes reveal a more intriguing point of view.

BY Christopher Harrity

July 27 2013 7:29 AM ET


The Sculptor, 1964. Perhaps the most revelatory of Koch's self-portraits. It almost dares you to make a conclusion. From the stance of the model, to the gesture of the cigarette, intimacy steams from the canvas. Then there is the detail (see next page) of the posing strap string, delicately resting on the upper curve of the model's buttocks. And what about the calipers?

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