A Gallery of Intact Penises in Art
5. Modern (post-photography)
Henry Holiday's working drawing for "The Landing" from "The Hunting of the Snark" by Lewis Carroll (1876) was presumably intended for his eyes only...
...but the Bellman's penis is finely detailed.
"Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,
As he landed his crew with care;
Supporting each man on the top of the tide
By a finger entwined in his hair.
Picasso submitted this pencil drawing of a heavy-thighed man to enter the Barcelona School of Fine Arts in 1895 when he was14.
A jovial minotaur and man in Picasso's 1933 "Bacchanale" share a post-coital drink.
The penis is drawn very simply.
Museum of Modern Art, New York
John Singer Sargent
"Nude Study of Thomas E. McKeller" (1917-1920)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund
Despite the roughness
of the stone, Adam's
"Adam and Eve" by Eric Gill (1882-1940)
Although Gill's dancers are
stylised and attenuated, the
man's penis and foreskin
are realistic and detailed.
"Dancers" by Eric Gill
Dali often used
and phallic images,
but seldom showed
an actual penis.
This one clearly details
Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Enfant Sauterelle
(Grasshopper Child), 1933
Etching and drypoint,
Gift of David Austin
by Keith Vaughan (1912-1977)
Keith thought that the omens at his birth were auspicious: "Apart from being a healthy baby it was observed that my penis possessed a loose and easily retractable foreskin which was not considered necessary to circumcise according to the custom of my class. For this piece of good fortune I have had many occasions to be grateful."
- "Keith Vaughan: his life and work" (1990)
by Malcolm Yorke
London: Constable, p24
M. C. Escher's intiguing etchings routinely show any nude males as intact, such as this Buddha-like figure (in Mosaic II, 1957) ...
... and not only the optimists emerging from this frieze (Encounter, 1944)
but also, as Escher's working drawings show, ...
... the pessimists.
Paul Cadmus (1904-1999) finely details his model's penis
"The New Adam" by Harold Stevenson is huge
(8' x 39', 2.44 m x 11.89 m)
wrapping around the viewer on nine panels.
The reference to Michaelangelo's is clear,
but this is no boy.
The model was Sal Mineo
the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
David Hockney's 1967 illustration to C P Cavafy's poems stresses line, rather than shading, giving a flat look to the model's penis, though the sulcus and acroposthion are indicated.
Conversely Francisco LÚpez's 1973 nude torso is finely shaded, emphasising the penis' dorsal vein.
by Michael Ayrton
"Actor (Richard)", painted in 1979
by R. B. Kitaj, has a "peeper",
a shorter than average foreskin.
While the character of Gollum in the film of The Lord of the Rings is almost entirely computer-generated and wears a tiny loincloth that doesn't seem to hide much, oversized models were used by Weta Workshops to help make him so lifelike, and a picture of one in Cinefex magazine shows the artists conceived him as intact, as is a maquette of the Cave Troll in the Lord of the Rings exhibition - as of course they should be (but it wouldn't be so certain if they were made in the US).
Picture to come.
English artist John Carter
intactness for granted
in his Big Catch
This "Reclining Middle-Aged Man"
by John Willcocks
has a clearly delineated peeper.
Angela's Men is a gallery
of treated photographs
of intact men, many closeups.
Treatment is commonly a metallic finish,
such as copper.
Paul Davis Jones of Phildelphia has painted a series
of extreme closeups of foreskins,
"the Intact Project", coloured to give an abstract, rose-like effect.
"AS EACH FORM EMERGED ON THE CANVAS,
THE JOY OF CREATION BECAME ANGER
AS I ASKED MYSELF WHY ANYONE
WOULD CHOOSE TO DESTROY THIS UNIQUE
AND BEAUTIFUL PART OF A MALE'S BODY."
Jonathan Yeo painted two portraits of entrepreneur Ivan Massow three months apart, during which Massow lost three stone (19 kg) and grew a beard.
In his book "Uncut: the natural history of the foreskin", Sherwin Carlquist includes a sequence of Annie Liebowitz-like portraits of intact penises in natural settings.
Photographer Dylan Ricci
likes to partially
conceal his models'
faces and genitals.
Max Patte's oxidised steel
"Solace in the Wind" stands
on the Wellington, NZ, waterfront.
Though undetailed, his penis shows
a corona covered by a foreskin
"Redemption Song" by Laura Lacey stands 3.3m (11 feet) tall in Emancipation Park, Kingston, Jamaica.
"Event Horizon" by British artist Antony Gormley consists of four cast-iron and 27 fibreglass casts of his own nude body,
placed at ground level and poised on the edges of buildings. It was exhibited in London in 2007 and in New York in 2010.
It may have taught the young man in the green sweater something he won't learn at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Florida artist Michael Dulin uses terra cotta to illustrate the beauty of the intact penis.
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