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Joseph Hirsch
The Naked Man
1959–62
oil
74 1/4 x 51 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.



Hirsch poses more questions than he answers in The Naked Man. A pallid nude man looks around uncertainly. Neither the folded clothing he holds nor his small book offer clues to his situation, although the tag around his neck and the stacked drawers above the desk suggest he is entering a dehumanizing bureaucracy.