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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Man at his bath is a painting a man toweling himself after his bath. He is turned away from the viewer bringing out an erotic image. This picture has been used to show the vulnerability of a naked man who is not posing and whose privacy has been trespassed.

Man at his bath is a painting of a nude man in his toilet. It describes a man at a physical state of intimacy. His back has been faced away from us to provide space from us. It interferes with a man's privacy at his vulnerable and erotic moment. He chooses to paint it to show how washing one-self may trigger a sense of accountability. The technique used in the painting man at his bath by Gustave Caillebotte is that of realism and impressionism. These techniques have been used to bring out the reality of a situation with a touch of skill and art. The man at his bath painting has been used to delineate a man’s physical intimacy.

The materials used in the painting of man at his bath were oil and canvas. They are a perfect choice since they give the image maximum color accuracy making the picture appear more realistic. The materials have been used to bring out a difference between the man at his baths nude body and the bathroom. Caillebotte mostly painted domestic and familial scenes. He also painted interiors and portraits. Young man at his window (1875), The Europe bridge (1876) and Paris street, Rainy day (1877) are among his best-known works. They have particularly a flat colour that depicts a more modern style making them most unique of all his works. Nude on a couch (1882) which is seductive in its realism but it is not too erotic. Edgar Degas, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir are some of the artists who used a similar style to Gustave Caillebotte.

Gustave Caillebotte was inspired by his hope to reduce the inherent comedic painting. He preferred painting real things. The man at his bath painting was an expression of a man undertaking a daily routine practice. He used this painting to show the vulnerability of the nude man by invading his privacy. Man at his bath is a perfect portrait which has been much used to appreciate the male form and especially when one is unaware or not posing.