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Men’s Style Through the Artist’s Eyes

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I wrote a few articles months ago on my blog chronicling how artists portray menswear in their work. I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread where can post observations on artist's who have traces of men's clothing in their work.

I noticed that most of these artists that tap into the male sartorial subconscious either do it unintentionally, subliminally or overtly


My first subject Lucien Freud is a great example of the intentional


Freud is a man that deals on the psychological plane. His impastos are thick with layers that flesh out his subjects with a unsettling sense of vulnerability




The Freud man is intense. Usually seated, his appropriate forms of attire never stray past the rubrics of menswear. That double breasted suit is nothing more than a uniform; the tweed jacket is exactly what it is… a winter jacket. No notes of affected styles or nuances; all the pieces of clothing serve a functional purpose. His best accessory, though, is his face; he wears it like broken leather. Each “uniform” serves as a blanket that allows the subject’s weathered expressions to be more of the focal point of the painting.






Lucien’s man represents fashion subdued. A living testament that unintentionally defines man’s relationship with clothing. One that channels the gospel that SF members such as Manton, whnay, and Foo carry.





There are times, however, that he paints stuff such as this…



That is when I just throw all the shit I just wrote out the window.


Here is a link to the original article.



Thoughts? contributions?

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Thread Starter 

Bumping this. I still believe this thread has potential. 


Feel free to add any artist you feel whose work highlights menswear in any shape, form or fashion.


The 2nd installment focuses on the works of David Hockney


I hold Hockney's work dear to my heart. He paints the man I aspire to dress like.

David, a Bradford native, is known as one of the most important Pop Art figures. He  was featured in the now monumental 1961 exhibit Young Contemporaries (Alongside Peter Blake and R. B. Kitaj); Britain's response to the Pop Art movement in the US.

What draws me to his work is his use of color. Like many of his contemporaries, he is a master at using it. His vivid palette allows him to illustrate perceived lifestyles in very distinct and stylistic manners. His subjects obviously live very beautiful lives.




They are fancy, sumptuous, and know exactly when to flash moments of flamboyance with their ornamental quirks. Be it a full suit with specs on the beach, bright colored jackets or next level bow tied ensembles. Even the navy suits pop. A trend noticed in men's fashions today.



His subjects in casual attire also burst in color.



He also isn't a shabby dresser either



David is an influence to most whether they know it or not. His style, and  work is a summation of what men's fashion looks like today. All its color, range and eccentricities. An avenue filled with limitless sartorial possibilities. It helps to capture the dandy in all of us, which I believe exists in every man.  Now excuse me while I go fetch my lime green shirt.



original article here

post #3 of 7

interesting thread.  look forward to more.

post #4 of 7

I love the Freud pictures. The second one is my favorite, it captures the eye and really makes you think. I'm not an art expert by any means, but I would love to hang one of those impastos in my home someday. Elegant work.

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cool images

post #6 of 7
Loves it. Keep it up!
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Thanks. that was very nice read. Recently, I have found this and find his work very beautiful and detailed.

Hope that will keep the thread going.
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