Don Bachardy Nudes
Essay by Edmund White

In early 2002 the renowned portraitist Don Bachardy (born 1934) was commissioned to draw a different nude from life every day. For two years Bachardy created hundreds of images and a body of work that reflects a lifetime of observing, depicting and processing the male form. Images range from confrontational to passive, sensual to blasé, and engage the viewer on multiple levels. A provocative text by Edmund White, “Ten Ways of Looking at Bachardy’s Male Nudes”, elaborates on various ways to look at and understand the work.

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