Location: Largo do Arouche, Sao Paulo
Artist: Victor Brecheret
In 1932, 'Depois Do Banho' translated to 'After the Bath' by artist Victor Brecheret was quite shocking to be unveiled to the people and community in the neighbourhood at the time. Victor Brecheret was a monumental artist in the modern movement of Brazil. This sculpture has been highlighted throughout history from the time it was made, to see an artwork of a nude woman in a natural bare expression, in a pose that not only showcases a strong realistic body proportions that exude a vibrant confidence and vitality of life was rare for its time. This sculpture was one of the only artistic nudes exhibited in the city after the second world war.
This artworks location in 'Largo do Arouche', a territory of LGBTQIAA+ dispute and conflict in surrounding areas made this sculpture an everlasting symbol associating different meanings of beauty and traditional idealisms that had came before, challenged with an extremely natural and real approach. The movements of the time that were fighting for recognition of LGBTQIAA+ territory, the sculpture of a naked body gains appropriations to discussions about the oppression to which non-hegemonic bodies are subjected to.
The bronze sculpture Depois do Banho (After the Bath), was made in 1932 by sculptor Victor Brecheret, and can be found downtown in Largo do Arouche, next to the famous flower shops that are there. It is well-known for its beauty and impressive proportions.