The Bathers by Cézanne and Renoir Modernism and the Nude (1994)

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    Tamar Garb

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Video to support the third level course A316 from the Faculty of Arts. Programme shot in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Deals with the nude bathers that Renoir and Cézanne painted in the 1870s. It adopts a feminist angle in trying to understand how the nude still comes to be an important subject matter in the Modern period and how Cézanne and Renoir approach the nude very differently. While Renoir's nudes conform to traditional stereotypic images of woman as fertile, fecund and consumable, Cézanne seems to offer a more complex reading. His nudes are not conventionally feminine; they resist the predominantly male gaze. In spite of this radicality, Tamar Garb argues that Cézanne too is locked into the same pictorial tradition that produced Renoir's nudes.

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