Friday, January 1, 2010

The Friday Evening Nudes

Raoul Duffy

Maurice Denis

Armande Guillaumin

The Delvaux below meets a request by libhom, who loves the Surrealists

Paul Delvaux

 A Modern Olympia
Paul Cezanne 
Post Impressionist


  1. thank you for sharing these wonderful pieces! wishing you a wonderful 2010!

  2. I really like the Paul Delvaux. I want to find out more about that particular painting and the idea of the women as part tree trunk. Women are the backbone of society. They are the life givers. Sort of like the trunk of a tree, a stable force or structure.
    Good stuff.

    Peace to you and hope your new year is a great one, every day of it.

  3. Spadoman: I think your own interpretation should be the one you go with. I've found it hard to discover information on how the artist interpreted his or her own works. And when I come upon an art site or blog where it is attempted, I am always either annoyed or disappointed. Go with your own feelings! :-)

    My favorite in this set is not really because of the nude but because how I love the way the interior and still life are painted. I think it's visually amazing. To my eye.

  4. i love all of these but they are very different from each other, aren't they? I love the first one because of the color--YUM! and the delvaux is fun it. ;)

    the modern olympia is interesting because it looks almost awkward...don't you think? or like they got caught! *grins*

  5. just left you a comment and don't know if it went....hope so!

  6. The Delvaux is particularly interesting to me. It isn't literally like my dreams, but it evokes an emotion similar to one of my weirder, but not scary ones.

  7. My favorite is the Duffy - not as a nude per se, but as a composition and for the colors. But perhaps this time of year my judgement is bent towards bright colors regardless...

    The Delvaux is interesting - like a depiction of dryads - half human, half tree. And the mirror (?) in the foreground... Like we're looking from the point of view of another dryad? It changes my way of thinking. Makes me try to imagine the figures as sisters, instead of as beautiful alien elemental beings. Jarring. And the almost medieval time lapse technique with the piece of long white gown in the immediate background, and the fleeing woman in the long white dress in the distant background. Running from what? Plainly running from (looking over her shoulder) not simply running towards. And if she's running towards the man on the right, he's in no hurry - he appears not even to have noticed. I almost get the feeling that the white ribbon around the mirror, the partiel figure in the mirror, imply that the woman in white would share the dryads' fate... Is this maybe about marriage changing and tying a woman down - rooting her?

  8. Linda: I have been getting all of your comments, I believe. Also, with my computer refurbished, things are working much better and I can leave comments on most any blog now. That means I should be able to comment back on Give Us This Day. I so love your comments there and here and everywhere! love and hugs

    Libhom: you are surrealistic dreamer. How cool is that! Delvaux is complex and beautiful and strange but not a bad dream, really. So it's perfect imagery.

    Steve: I thought of roots as well. Wondered about the mirror and the woman running and all that and then forgot and re-escaped into the women's faces, which look so serene. Sometimes there is too much going on in surrealistic paintings. Delvaux is nothing. Dali sometimes loses me altogether in terms of meaning and sometimes even composition - like I want to re-arrange things in the painting to suit myself. Or take some things away because I don't understand it as a whole.

    As always, well-thought out commentary from you and very much appreciated. Sometimes I read your comments several times, go back to view the art in question and always feel the richer for it. Thank you.


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