Friday, November 13, 2009

The Friday Evening Nudes

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Akseli Valdemar Gallen-Kallela

 Albert Von Keller


André Utter 

Portrait of his wife Suzanne Valadon, also a painter

one of her own nudes is placed below 

 Suzanne Veladon

That example and the one below it should lay to waste the narrow-minded assumption that only men painted the female nude and that all nude modeling is sexual in nature and/or a type of enslavement of women by the patriarchy (or some other archaic nonsense!   ;-)


Leonor Fini

see my post about her work and tidbits from her life here 


Pierre Ambrogiani

 Nude with a teacup
Ari Stillman


  1. I am surprised to be the first tonight! I am always about twentieth :)

    these are all wonderful nudes and the ones by the women are the best...interesting isn't it...I especially like Fini's work and will pop over and read your post about her again ... I would love to know the story behind the blue heads!

    I do also like the top one...I love the way her foot is turned for some reason, there's such humanity in it...

    hoping you are having fun at school [as much as can be expected...] and am missing you and everyone else who is not blogging anymore or not as much, including myself....

    and life goes on, does it not.

  2. I do like the Stillman.
    "This is my blood," maybe.

  3. Yes. Definitely a sacrifice.
    "In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” (1Corinthians 11:25)

  4. A superb selection. THanks for introducing me to many new artists

  5. Great works of Art, but I love the young lady with 2 extra

  6. Thank you, everyone!

    Linda: Leonore Fini was not just a celebrity among the Surrealist clique. As time would have it, she was a truly talented artist. The more I search for lesser known artists, the more women I discover who have been ignored in art history.

    Mad Priest: all I saw in that painting was a red napkin and a cup on a table. You've made an excellent observation and interpretation. I'm fascinated by religious symbolism in art. Some people become interested in art because of their knowledge of religion. I'm becoming interested in religion as a result of my love of art. It's all mind expanding stuff.

    mac: :-D It's a curious and fun painting, isn't it?

    Cloudia and Jams: always good to have you by!

  7. I like all of these. I voted, but I could just as easily chosen all of them.

  8. It's funny. I'm the only one who voted for the Surrealist painting in the poll. I guess I'm more fascinated by that branch of painting than most.

  9. As always - a lovely set.

    I love the Susan Valadon. She had several names during her life, and was painted by numerous artists (including Toulouse-Lautrec). Model, prostitute, artists' confidant, painter... A Montmartre character and chronicler in her own right. She does not get enough attention as an artist.

  10. Steve: I don't recall having read that Suzanne Valladon was a prostitute. She was quite financially successful as an artist in her time, had many affairs and modeled for artists, but a prostitute? It does not sound like it from what I've read.

  11. That's what it said in my most recent book about Henri de Toulouse Lautrec... She appears there several times as a model for his paintings. Maybe she was POSING as a prostitute? I need to go back and re-read it, to be sure it wasn't said in a way the led me to misinterpret, and then check, as well, to see if this author has his facts straight...


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