Since the Renaissance, the human figure has been fundamental to traditional art training. This installation presents a group of works from the collection from the 19th and 20th centuries representing these well-established conventions. Figure painting remains strong today, and contemporary artists continue to explore a subject with deep historical roots (Kehinde Wiley’s portraits are notable examples). Figure painting and drawing remains an important part of the curriculum in contemporary art schools. The American artists on view all studied in American or European art academies.
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Exhibitions Page: Julius Rolshoven, Madame Koch and Her Children (detail), 1898. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Ellen and Howard C. Katz in honor of the Museum's 50th Anniversary.
Left: Philip Pearlstein, Two Nudes, Bamboo and Linoleum (detail), 1984. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Joel and Carole Bernstein Family Collection.
Center: Peter Hurd, Portrait of Nito (detail), 1961. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum.
Right: Robert Henri, The Laundress (detail), 1916. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hirschl.