Friday, September 5, 2008

The Friday Evening Nudes

Félix Vallotton
Femmes à leur toilette
1897.
(above)

(above)
Diego Rivera
Nude With Calla Lillies


(above)
Cabanel




Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Bathers on the Lawn
1919


Francesco Trombadori
Fanciulla nuda
1933

15 comments:

  1. A particularly lovely selection. I do love Diego Rivera

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  2. Hi, Bobbie. I love how Rivera paints calla lilies. I kept thinking of that when I was wandering around the coast north of San Francisco and they were everywhere. Must remind you of your former home, yes?

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  3. I just noticed that the Valloton was missing and added it. It's my favorite - the warm colors of the bodies, the carpet...aaaaaaah. :-)

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  4. I LOVE the Valloton - but he is a favorite of mine. I love the yellow emphasis from the waist down on the central figure. And the composition is so strange and unexpected. The same is true of the Kirchner, which is such an odd angle that it probably got the longest look time, as I tried to separate and orient the figures.

    But this is just an exceptionally beautiful and intricate set. I spent even longer than usual, thank you.

    I am considering taking a life drawing class soon - I've gone so far as to call and find out how it works, etc. I'm planning my materials, and when I'll start. Scary stuff, since my inability to capture what I wanted in the figures led to my blockage and quitting school. But now I think I could just draw without expectations, and see what happens. My dream is that eventually I'd be able to set up paintings during some of the poses, and then paint them at home from memory and mood. Your Friday nudes are part of my inspiration for getting back to it.

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  5. Oh - I forgot to mention the Rivera... When I combine the nude, and it's scale compared to the huge blooms, with the sexual/erotic mood of calla lilies, this painting takes on an almost religious female force, to me. Rivera managed to capture a lot of human power and emotion in his work, and this is a fine example, which I hadn't seen before. Thanks for sharing this one.

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  6. I like the Cabanel best. I love the translucence of their skin; the indolence of the women's positions against the indolence of cats; the soft colours; the position of the handmaid's feet and fan ...

    Thanks, Sphinx.

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  7. Steve: that this little Friday night pleasure of mine should cause one as creative as yourself to want to take a figure drawing class is just the ultimate thing for me!

    I thank YOU for stopping in and leaving such thoughtful, informative comments on the nudes. I learn so much.

    Kate: I love how you noticed the position of the feet of the handmaiden in the Cabanel! That position of the feet is one that my body takes naturally when I'm feeling happy, relaxed...your word...indolent. :-) I'm glad you enjoyed it too!

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  8. I really like the Vallotton. Never seen any of his painting before but that appeals to me. Thank you.

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  9. The Rivera reminds me of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novels.

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  10. Hi, Kate!

    I've long wished I had an attention span good enough to get through a Marquez novel.One paragraph of his spans at least six pages. ;-)

    I can manage a short story, though. I LOVED
    The Old Man With Enormous Wings. Have you read it? It's...spellbinding.

    And I know what you mean with the calla lily connection. Rivera was Mexican; Marquez Columbian.

    My mother carried three calla lilies on her wedding day; wrapped in a wide, satin ribbon - January 1, 1953, in Portugal. There, calla lillies are really the only flower that blooms even through the cold and rain of the winters. The story has it that my mother's bouquet was a gift from a neighbor; a woman who grew the most beautiful calla lillies in the village. :-)

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  11. Again with the nudes? Oh! How I do like Fridays with the Pagan Sphinx...

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  12. Poetryman: The nudes are good company, aren't they? ;-)

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