barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Uncovering the Body

Idealised nudes from mythological and religious scenes contrast with uncompromising, and occasionally grotesque, studies of the human form.

Complementing the major exhibition Bellows and the Body, this display includes stylistically diverse works from a broad time period, with drawings and prints by artists such as Tiepolo, William Orpen, and a recently acquired nude study by Augustus John.

On Paper

Prints and Drawings in Focus Talks

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Sir William Orpen (1878-1931)

A Nude Girl Seated on a Bed

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Augustus John (1878-1961)

Nude Girl Standing

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William Hogarth (1697-1764)

Noon (second in sequence from 'The Four Times of the Day')

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