Thursday, September 27, 2012
The Male Nudes of Otto Greiner
Otto Greiner (1869-1916) was the artist behind this beautiful print titled, 'The Lithographer' that I found recently at The Blue Boy Studiolo. It's an incredibly suggestive image with a tense eroticism which is, as so ofter, enhanced by what we can't see. Grenier wasn't exclusively interested in painting and drawing the male nude, but he did it a lot. There is a great online collection here and Homodesiribus also has a good selection. Both of them show images which you probably wouldn't want to check out while at work. For me there is something intense about his drawing of the male nude. He makes male bodies that look like they're made of iron cables and clay: tense, hard, knotted and malleable.