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The Naked and the Nude


29 August 2008 - 16 November 2008
Lucian Freud, Girl with a White Dog, 1950-1. Copyright Tate, London 2008

The Naked and the Nude brings together sixteen works from Tate’s collection. The exhibition traces some of the ways in which twentieth century artists have approached this loaded genre, from the impressionist style of Philip Wilson Steer to Euan Uglow’s more anatomically exacting approach.

Although it is acknowledged as one of the classic genres of painting and sculpture, the nude has become more problematic over the course of the twentieth century. Many artists have turned their backs on classical approaches to beauty and rejected the stultifying conventions associated with it. Central to the exhibition is Lucian Freud’s Girl with White Dog, which is one of his most important works, and has helped to establish him as among the foremost living exponents of nude portraiture.

This exhibition has been organised through Tate Connects, which is Tate’s programme to broaden and deepen UK-wide participation in the visual arts through local, national and international collaboration and exchange.


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