Friday, May 7, 2010

The Friday Evening Nudes - Mother's Day Edition





  1. I like Klimt the best.
    Can't wait to hear the answer to that riddle!

  2. I think the Klimpt and the Renoir are very sweet. Happy Mothers' Day.

  3. These are beautiful. I love the Klimt, with the vulnerable boney frailty of the mother, even as she looks so happy and alive. The baby sleeping in her arms is unusually beautiful = Klimt perfectly captured that delicious ratio of tummy to behind that is uniquely baby.

    I Wasn not surprised to see a Botero in here, after your recent feature. A perfect subject for his style.

    The Renior is the other that really caught my eye, in part because of the colors. So many Renoirs seem to capture the energy and movement of autumn. That red jacket - how fetching. And such tiny feet!

  4. I love this post. They're all beautiful and perfect for the occasion; I can't quite pick a favorite, although it's possibly the Renoir.

    Happy early Mother's Day, my sweet.


  5. Botero always tickles me, but the Klimt is absolutely precious!

  6. I love the Klimt! Makes me think of the 60s and a young mom and her child somewhere in San Francisco

    I rarely have a visceral negative reaction to art, I can almost always find something to wrap around but the second one just makes me feel awful
    The baby looks like a horrid mini banker and the Mom looks abusive
    How's that for a reaction!?

  7. Sphinx, all beautiful mothers and children for mother's day! Saw Botero for the first time at the Nassau Museum some months back... Now I can tell a Botero a mile away!
    Sphinx, shall I tell Lily the answer to the riddle? :)

  8. may all
    be blessed with peace always;
    all creatures weak or strong,
    all creatures great and small;

    creatures unseen or seen
    dwelling afar or near,
    born or awaiting birth,
    may all be blessed with peace!

    . . . as with her own life
    a mother shields from hurting her own,
    her only child,
    let all-embracing thoughts
    for all that lives be thine,
    an all-embracing love
    for all the universe.

    from the Nipata Sutra
    Happy Mother’s Day :-)

    They are all very beautiful.

  9. Thank you all for the comments and the mother's day wishes. I was in a hurry yesterday when I put out this post and didn't have time to wish you all a happy one more intimately. Perhaps tomorrow I will make up for it!

    Dianne: you're entitled to whatever visceral reaction you have to anything - negative or positive! It is an odd painting but I chose it because for me it showed the neediness of babies and a mother who looks overwhelmed, perhaps? I didn't see much else in it. And it spoke to me a bit about my own feelings of being at times smothered by two babies only 16 months apart. I hope that makes sense. It is most certainly not my favorite of anything I've ever posted. The painter is John Cousin the Elder.

    Susan: that is lovely, thank you.

    Mary: go ahead and tell Lily! Or she may wait forever! :-)

    Steve: Botero is my new love! Though the Klimt is also my favorite and I'm not as huge a Klimt fan as some.

    Love to all.


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