Friday, September 11, 2009

The Friday Evening Nudes

 
Artemisia Gentileschi
Italian

Cleopatra
 1622
 

Edward John Poynter
English
Andromeda
1869
 
Frederick Carl Frieseke
1909
American Impressionist

 
The Enchantress
Luis Riccardo Faléro
(Spanish-born, raised in London)

1878
Robert Falk
Russian

German

1929

11 comments:

  1. Real women
    real beauty
    real art real cool!

    Aloha



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  2. These are so gorgeous.

    As an old, testosterone poisoned lecher, I've always been a bit stand-offish about nude art, had a hard time not sexualizing it.

    But as I get older and actually relinquish myself to my animality, I'm increasingly able to appreciate the human form completely and unapologetically.

    Thanks for sharing this art which I might otherwise not ever see.

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  3. gorgeous, all...

    thank you for sharing these beauties with us..

    blessings...
    X

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  4. Cloudia - you're such a good, floating soul! :-)

    Cunning Runt - you? sexualize? Mais,non!!! ;-)

    Maybe it's a good thing, dear. Now that you are old, you can actually appreciate the art! And by the way, is that why it always took you twice as long to go through the nudes at a gallery when you were my date? ;-)

    Linda, Magic eye and Dianne - I hope you're listening: I look forward to your comments, always!

    All the love to All,
    Pagan Sphinx

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  5. terrific choices. thank you. i loved them.

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  6. What a delicious group - I'm glad I had a moment to come by and look. I particularly love the Frieseke, with his usual amazing handling of lush textures and backgrounds. The figures stand out as smooth and shining against all the filigree foliage and fuss around and behind them. And what a ferocious head of hair! and that little hint of face in the mirror! I would LOVE to see this one in person.

    The Cleopatra is so moving. So much power and history laid bare and slain by such a small creature. The most famous queen of the ancient world, very human and vulnerable... and I think any man who has loved a woman will be aghast at the asp's placement near all the softest and most feminine, stretched back almost as if in ardor. The crossed legs keep this chaste, but in tension with the open and erotic. Defeated by the same empire that she had previously bedded in the person of Marc Antony... So much here in this simple painting, if you know the story.

    And I grinned at the last one in this group - so 1920's in fashion and sensibility.

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  7. Cloudia read my mind. I thought, wow, real people!

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  8. A lovely collection as always, my dear. The Falk and Poynter especially.

    Thank you.

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  9. Real women chunky and rounded in the right places, not at all anorexic.

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