Life studies or nude paintings? The two are not the same. Nude paintings express the pleasure in seeing the human form unclothed.
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What is the story behind my painting: World Record, which depicts a mass of nude female bodies in a big studio space? I was making several paintings of nudes and small groups of nudes which were inspired by drawings I made in figure drawing class. I also had painted some abstract paintings with a lot of patterns and structures.
Think about the history of nude portraiture. Which paintings come to mind? Whatever impromptu string of scantily clad portraits spring to mind, odds are most were painted by men.
Warning: this post contains some highly disguised nudity and may not be appropriate for work. And that's not all. You want them subtle, sneaky, like a walking leaf insect amidst the fronds -- some seriously hush-hush private parts.
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The painting was originally entitled as "The Earth Itself" and was a gift Frida Kahlo gave to her intimate girlfriend, Mexican movie start Dolores del Rio. The pop star Madonna was trying to acquire this painting but was outbid. Frida never tried to hide her bisexuality, even from her husband Diego Rivera.
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The nude figure is a tradition in Western artand has been used to express ideals of male and female beauty and other human qualities. It was a central preoccupation of Ancient Greek artand after a semi-dormant period in the Middle Ages returned to a central position in Western art with the Renaissance. Athletes, dancers, and warriors are depicted to express human energy and life, and nudes in various poses may express basic or complex emotions such as pathos.
He promptly sued the company in the name of freedom of expression, but the case came to court only after years of legal wrangling over jurisdiction. In the meantime, Facebook made rule changes in clarifying that depictions of nudity in artwork were acceptable. Durand had posted a link to an article exploring the history of the painting, which used the famous image as a thumbnail.