Kuoros in Greek means male youth. I painted this bather in the attitude of one of the Riaci Bronzes, the full-sized sculptures of bearded, naked Greek warriors said to have been cast ca. 460-420 BC, but I did not want to paint a bearded warrior, so I made my subject an adolescent. I had been reading about the troubles that Thomas Eakins had with the Academy in Philadelphia when he allowed his female students to paint naked models. I thought I should paint a naked guy. (Why does everyone think it is Howard?) The Bronzi di Riaci are in the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia in Reggio Calabria, Italy.
Mixed media: figure in oil on metallic acrylic ground, stretched canvas 40” x 16”