Friday, February 17, 2012

The Friday Evening Nudes

I recently posted this slideshow to both my fb and google+ pages and thought it was provocative enough to hopefully generate some opinions from my blog readers. Please don't be shy if you like skinny models but if you do, be prepared to be torn to shreds. ;-)  Seriously, I personally love a contrary opinion every now and then - it keeps me on my toes. 

What's wrong with this picture?



If Anna Utopia Giordano dares to mess with my beloved Nymphs, I will track her down and force her to eat Italian pastries until she gains thirty pounds.

Happy weekend!

12 comments:

  1. I'm there with you, Gina. No argument at all (he confessed, somewhat ruefully, feeling a little cheated). In fact I've always privately taken the view that the idealization of the skinny woman in movies, the rag trade and general sleb culture is a kind of puritanism or obscure kind of feminism, intentionally minimising the erotic appeal to men. Or at any rate, men like me.

    But never mind. As we Jamaicans say , "Ebbery hoe ha dem tick a bush". Or in English, for every hoe, you could go to the bush and find a stick to fit it as a handle. Meaning, there is someone out there for everyone, and no accounting for tastes.

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  2. Just a general comment: I like art parody but the way this is presented and the way I'm viewing it, there is not a hint of irony or humor. Am I missing something?

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  3. Vincent - I'm not sure what you mean by "obscure form of feminism"?

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  4. Not for me the skinny nude. Artists just adored the voluptous female form, which is what a woman is about.

    Coat hangers for clothes are not the purpose for which woman was created.

    Thank you for those wonderful nymphs!

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  5. Well, Gina, I can hardly answer without taking the male chauvinist role, just for fun.

    I'm guessing that one form of feminism is to defy the idea that a woman tries to look good for men in general, or one man in particular; or just to defy the male for the hell of it.

    Example: when the Irish singer Sinead O'Connor shaved her head; and various other hairstyles which say, "I'm lesbian, keep off."

    But then, as you will be well aware, many forms of self-adornment, or anti-self-adornment, end up as mainstream fashion. Thus conformism triumphs over instinct. And the conformist male is conditioned to see as beautiful that which is merely fashionable, but was originally adopted in order to defy him.

    Possibly I'm talking garbage, from your viewpoint, but I'm certainly not being very serious.

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  6. I suppose the idea of this process was to modernize the beauty ideal, which is now thin. The thin trend is exposed to us over and over and over again through the beauty ideals of the media. I don't like that ideal applied to these paintings which not only belong to their own time and place but also, obviously, still resonate with our contemporary sensibilities. In other words, voluptuousness is not dead yet; let's not hasten the process! :-)

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  7. aguja - "coathangers for clothes" ! I like that! Thanks for stopping by!

    Vincent - I could never think of you as talking garbage about anything! I do, however, ponder some of your comments, as I'm not always sure we are on the same page. My questioning of your comments is a way to clarify where you are coming from; not to condemn it. Thank you for following the thread. :-) Many regards!

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  8. I love your Friday night nudes, i checked out the rest of the paintings on your link and was pleased to see that the lovely chubby cherubs were not photo-shopped :-)or at least did not appear to, the skinny ladies seem to lack the sensuality of the originals , great post

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  9. I'm going to collect sea shells.lol

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  10. Jane - hello! It is very nice nice to get your comment. Thank you! :-)

    imac - looking for Venus on a half shell, perhaps?
    Skinny or pleasantly plump? :-D

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  11. I can't believe I missed your Friday Nudes but then again I haven't been online very much recently.

    I didn't look at all of Giordano's slimmed down classics but I did take a good long look at the original next to this one and don't like her modernization. Somehow I feel she missed the point of Venus being the newly born Queen of Heaven and not a model for Vogue.

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