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Sexing the Canvas: Art and Gender
Jeanette Hoorn, The University of Melbourne
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Max Dupain (1911-1992): Australian Men on the Beach
Notes taken on September 20, 2018 by Edward Tanguay
in Dupain's photographs of bathers, he shares interests with Cezanne's Bather
for his painting The Bather, Cezanne used photographs to explore how a body moves through space
it's a study of the placement of the body and its placement in the natural world
both returned often to the bather as the subject of their art
1937 The Sunbaker
an athletic man lying on the beach
fresh from the surf with beads of water on his back
a monumental muscular form
he solemnly claims his place in the environment
he's almost hovering in this spatially disorienting photograph
the sand and sky seem to merge
this man has become part of the environment in which he is placed
following the great loss of life of the First World War, there was an interest in Australia as far away and elsewhere
the theme of revitalization was prominent
exploration of body culture
photography was able to reveal sexually differentiated energies
Dupain focused on the body as a symbol of perfection
the Sunbaker is part of a series that he produced
men and women sunbathing on the beach, sometimes naked
identified them with the revitalizing forces
developed by French philosopher, Henri Bergson
source of inspiration for Dupain
underpinned the health and fitness movement
Dupain was attracted to the vitalistic writings of Bergson
Dupain was also influenced by D.H. Lawrence and Nietzsche
the degenerative effects of modernity
modern men and women should reconnect to the what they believed to be life forces
emphasis on the intuitive and subjective
therefore of interest to many artists
a return to the classical world of the Greeks and Romans
Sunbaker and series
celebrates the power of sunlight
Man and Sunlight (1927)
Hans Suren
weather-hardened men, bronzed with sun and strong as steel
everyone should partake in what he termed active hygienics to benefit race and humanity
referred to antiquity as a period when humanity was physically at its peak
Sunbaker is a model of good health in the classical mold
also photos of life savers which had military overtones
themes of nationalism, sport and masculinity
looked to the past invoking the fine muscularity of Greeks and Romans
proposed as a model for contemporary men and women
Dupain's views were formed during years at his father's gymnasium
his father George Dupain was a member of the vitalist movement in Australia
models were often members of his father's gymnasium
symbols of moral virtue
taps into powerful memories to give weight to his photographs
1952 Exposure: Newport Baths
man leaving pool at one of Sydney's most beloved surf beaches
warm weather
embodies a lanky, laconic masculinity
believed to idealize what it meant to be Australiian
clearly relates to Dupain's interest in antiquity
a study of how the body is placed in space
caught at a certain moment while the subject's thoughts are internalized
the viewer avoids his gaze, as with Cezanne's Bather
the subject's focus is inward
their concern is for themselves
shows a naturalized masculinity