Friday, May 22, 2009

The Friday Evening Nudes

Boris Kustodiyev
La Belle 1915

Antoine Wiertz


Reclying Nude

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Francisco Zúñiga

Desnudo de Concha


(Reclining Nude Wrapped in a Sheet)
Francesco Hayez


  1. I love them all
    women of real size

  2. i too love them all, especially because they look like "real" women, not skinny girls...odalisque is my fav if i were to choose.

    have a good weekend!

  3. Yes. Real-size women. I always like picking a favorite in the nude groupings. Mine would be the Kustodiyev, but I'm not sure if it's the nude I like or the way he painted the bedding and coverlet. Wow. I really love that interior!

  4. My favorite is the Toulouse-Lautrec.

    And I too am comforted by the ample bodies of these beauties. I just had to confront my own naked body getting out of the shower. I am now an ample bodied woman. Finally. I used to model for art classes when I was young and bone thin. Teachers liked me because every bone and muscle was visible. But the art students bitched about how skinny I was. Especially the male art students.

  5. Lovely as always, PS. Thank you.

  6. Looks like the old masters were painting in reality and not in the fake reality that the corporate geniuses like to tell us we're in. Not everyone is thin and what "they" call beautiful. After all, isn't beauty in the eye of the beholder? I like what I see when I like it and don't want someone to tell what beauty should be.
    I'm beginning to be a regular at the Friday Night Nude show. A learning experience with rewards. The posted pictures AND the comments.

    Peace to All.

  7. I love el Desnudo de Concha...she looks so natural and real.

  8. Like the others have already stated, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and luckily not one size fits all.

    Oh, and I have tagged you to do the I,Splotchy's story virus if you want to do it.

  9. I like the bottom one (and all the nicely round bottoms). I think it's the sea through the window! They're all lovely though.

  10. All beautiful; I like the second and the last!

  11. What a gorgeous set these are. The light on the second one (the Wiertz) is so dramatic and so charming.

    The Kustodiyev is wild, with the bold primitive arrangement, and that astonishing orange duvet on the left. The figure's tiny hands make her seem even more lush and ample. It seems to perfectly embody the word "florid."

    For me (as for the Utah Savage) the stunner is the Toulouse-Lautrec. Of his contemporaries (and they were an amazing group)I think his graphic sense was only matched by Degas. The way he arranges and colors his surfaces - wow. I've never seen this one before - I'm grateful for this one image in particular.

    I agree, too, that the Zuniga is beautiful. The figure's skin tone is so warm, yet it's made to feel smooth and cool by the even warmer tones of the hardwood floor beneath her. That was a serendipitous or brilliant juxtaposition. And the arch of her back, the turn of the head - female and lovely.

    And lighting is again the chief beauty in the Hayez at the end. And wrapping the figure in the gauzy sheet makes the whole painting. And what magnificent drapery! I bet there was lots of fuss to get that just so for this image.

    I'm not familiar with any of these artists but Toulouse-Lautrec - so these are doors into new worlds, as well. Many thanks!!!

  12. Ooops, another happy visitor who's arrived a little later than Friday. If I had to pick a favorite it would be the Wiertz as it's a quirky yet seductive image.

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