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The figure

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The (nude) figure in art. Is there anything more elemental or attention grabbing? A brief history from the neolithic to the present, including the transition from nude to naked.

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The figure

  1. 1. the (nude) figure in art Elliot Erwitt The-Painting-Studio, 2009
  2. 2. Venus of Willendorf the nude has been around for some time. this figure has recently been determined by anthropologists to be not a fertility symbol, but very early pornography
  3. 3. Terracotta figure, Columbia, ca. 600-1200 AD
  4. 4. Greek figure Aphrodite, Greece
  5. 5. Hercules Capitoline Museum Rome, Italy
  6. 6. Two Witches, 1523 Hans Baldung Grien
  7. 7. Benvenuto Cellini Saliera (salt cellar) 1543
  8. 8. Cain Killing Abel, c. 1589 Jan Harmensz Muller
  9. 9. Lucas Cranach, the Elder Nymph at the Fountain 1518 Giorgione SleepingVenus 1510
  10. 10. Titian,Venus of Urbino , 1538
  11. 11. DiegoVelásquez The RokebyVenus, aka TheToilet ofVenus 1647 - 1651
  12. 12. Francisco Goya The Nude Maya 1800 Francisco Goya The Clothed Maya 1800
  13. 13. Nikolaj Abildgaard Nightmare 1800
  14. 14. Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, La Grande Odalisque, 1814 An odalisque (Turkish: Odalık) was a female slave in an Ottoman seraglio. She was an assistant or apprentice to the concubines and wives, and she might rise in status to become one of them.
  15. 15. Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres Odalisque with a slave 1842
  16. 16. Jean François Millet Reclining Nude 1845
  17. 17. Gustave Courbet The Bathers 1858
  18. 18. Alexandre Cabanel Birth ofVenus 1863
  19. 19. Jules Joseph Lefebvre, Odalisque, 1874 the nude female figure here begins to loose her status as goddess or example of ethnic exoticism. she’s become a particular unclothed woman
  20. 20. Auguste Rodin Torso of Adele 1878
  21. 21. Auguste Renoir Reclining Nude 1890
  22. 22. Frank Duveneck Reclining Nude 1892
  23. 23. Eduard Manet, Olympia, 1863 confident, staring right at the viewer, this Olympia is shockingly present in body, personality and seductive intent
  24. 24. Henri-Gervex Rolla 1890
  25. 25. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Reclining Nude 1897
  26. 26. porn has always been with us, of course all photos, c. 1900
  27. 27. Aristide Maillol, Mediterranea, 1906
  28. 28. Henri Matisse, Blue Nude, 1907
  29. 29. Egon Schiele Reclining Nude 1917
  30. 30. Amedeo Modigliani Reclining Nude from the Back 1917 Amedeo Modigliani Reclining-Nude 1918
  31. 31. SuzanneValadon La Chambre bleue 1923
  32. 32. Tamara de Lempicka Reclining Nude 1925 Henri Matisse Reclining Nude 1938
  33. 33. Henri Matisse Reclining Nude 1935 Henry Moore Reclining Figure
  34. 34. PabloPicasso Lying WomanWith A Gigantic Hand 1945 Paul-Delvaux SleepingVenus 1946
  35. 35. Manuel Neri Mujer Pedada #3 1985 bronze, 76” high
  36. 36. The Nude, 1972 — Naked, 2010 The unclothed female (mostly) body goes from nude to naked in the 2nd half of the 20th century
  37. 37. Edward Hopper, Girlie Show, 1941
  38. 38. Angelo di Benedetto Burlesque, 1941
  39. 39. Gil Elvgren, Gay Nymph, 1947 sold at auction for $286,000 in 2010
  40. 40. Tom Wesselman, Great American Nude, date?
  41. 41. even so, the classical nude carried on in various permutations...
  42. 42. Fernando Botero Smoking Woman 1987 Gary Kaemmer Reclining NudeFernando Botero XX Nude 1989
  43. 43. artist unknown, Germany, 2008 the ideal body is no longer required, or desired—the democratization of art and culture means that everyone is represented
  44. 44. artist unknown, Fat Suit Barbie
  45. 45. artist unknown, Hong Kong
  46. 46. Marina Abramovic, Nude With Skeleton, 2002-05
  47. 47. artists unknown, grave markers
  48. 48. Robert Graham wax sculpture, 1960s Robert Graham Torso, date?
  49. 49. Robert Graham Gabriele, 1995 bronze, 26” high Robert Graham Torso, 2007 Windward Traffic Circle Venice, Ca
  50. 50. Robert Mapplethorpe Derrick Cross, 1985 photo, 16”x20”
  51. 51. Robert Mapplethorpe title unknown photo very much in the tradition of classical Greek and Roman art
  52. 52. Nicolas Africano, Untitled (Reclining Figure), 1998
  53. 53. and every possible variant from abstract to porn, frequently making reference to classical examples...
  54. 54. Helmut Newton, Bergstrom in Paris, 1970s Velásquez, RokebyVenus, 1651
  55. 55. Michael Thompson Vanity (Julianne Moore) Ingres, La Grande Odalisque, 1814
  56. 56. Romare Bearden Reclining Nude 1977 Mickalene Thomas A Little Taste Outside of Love 2007 Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, La Grande Odalisque, 1814
  57. 57. Paul Harvey, RokebyVenus w Monkey, 2006 Velásquez, RokebyVenus, 1651
  58. 58. Velásquez, RokebyVenus, 1651 Sam Taylor-Wood Soliloquy-III 1998 Testing our physical and emotional limits, Sam Taylor- Wood examines the vulnerability and fragility of the human body, addressing the major themes of life and death, and re‡ecting on our own mortality. Whilst contemporary in feel and presentation, her work references the symbolism of Dutch still life and Renaissance paintings.
  59. 59. Sexy figurative art is very current & popular (an interesting change from decades of the dominance of abstract. ) Sex and sensationalism has helped to sell a (perhaps) played out style.
  60. 60. John Kacere, Ileana Mel Ramos,The Artists Studio #1, 1987
  61. 61. Sam Taylor-Wood self-portraiture has long been a legitimate art form
  62. 62. Rankin Painting Pretty Pictures The boundaries between art, fashion and photography are gone
  63. 63. Todd Hido, Untitled, 2005 the boundaries are gone I say!
  64. 64. Spencer Tunick, Dussldorf 4, 2006 museums have always been full of nudes. why not real ones?
  65. 65. Spencer Tunick, Naked (after LS Lowery)
  66. 66. Claudia Rogge, Ever After Purgatory IV, 2010
  67. 67. Vanessa Beecroft Guggenheim Museum, 2000 Beecroft dispenses with the annoyingly redundant depiction of the figure, and just shows... the figure(s)
  68. 68. Vanessa Beecroft stages events/performances with live nude women
  69. 69. Chris Antemann, Feast of Impropriety, 2010 sculpture: 16” x 39” x 15”
  70. 70. Martin Eder, Les Nus (The Nudes), 2008 confrontational?
  71. 71. a few prominent fine artists using the figure nude and naked
  72. 72. John Currin TheCripple 1997 John Currin The Old Fur 2010 50 x 38 in
  73. 73. John Currin,The Conservatory, 2010, 68 x 44 inches John Currin Hot Pants, 2010, 78 x 60 in
  74. 74. John Currin, Nice ‘n Easy
  75. 75. LisaYuskavage, Nana, 2005 LisaYuskavage, Kissing Cousins
  76. 76. LisaYuskavage Reclining Nude 1 of 55,Reclining Nude 2009 LisaYuskavage, Big Blonde With Beaded Jacket. 1997
  77. 77. Takashi Murakami, Nude Figure Takashi Murakami, Male Figure
  78. 78. Takashi Murakami My Lonesome Cowboy (sold at auction for $15.1 million)
  79. 79. Will Cotton, Consuming Folly, 2010
  80. 80. art* endures... * in the traditional senses as expression, politics, concept, exploration, composition and sometimes as simple beauty
  81. 81. Antony Gormley title?, date? Canterbury Cathedral
  82. 82. Antony Gormley Critical Mass 60 lifesize body forms cast iron
  83. 83. Charles Ray Family Romance, 1993 Charles Ray Aluminum Girl, date?
  84. 84. Charles Ray Puzzle Bottle, date? Charles Ray title?, 1991
  85. 85. Dana Major Kanovitz Infiltrator, 2009 paper pulp, human and horse hair, mm, 38” high
  86. 86. HenkVisch, The Man Who Saved His Own Life, Looking Up medium?, date?
  87. 87. Jaume Plensa, In the Midst of Dreams, 2009 fiberglass, marble pebbles, resin, 86” high Jaume Plensa,AnnaV, 2009 alabaster, 65” high
  88. 88. Jaume Plensa, Sho 2007 stainless steel Jaume Plensa, title?, date? stainless steel
  89. 89. Katharina Fritsch, Figurengruppe, 2006-08 polyester resin
  90. 90. Marcant, En avant stop!, 2002 fiberglass, lacquer
  91. 91. Louise Bourgeois, Untitled (With Foot), 1989 Oyvind Nygard,The Plat, Part 2, 1996
  92. 92. Kiki Smith, Born, 2002 bronze, 101” long
  93. 93. Magdalena Abakanowicz, Armament, 2009 cast aluminum, 65” high
  94. 94. Marc Quinn, Planet date?, media?, size?
  95. 95. Marc Quinn, Siren, 2008
  96. 96. Marc Quinn, Allison Lapper Pregnant, 2005 Marc Quinn, Self portrait, date? artists frozen blood
  97. 97. artist unknown from a series of nude photos of dis- or other- abled people
  98. 98. Ron Mueck, Boy date?, size? polyester resin, silicone, monofilament
  99. 99. Ron Mueck, Mask II, 2002 polyester resin, silicone, monofilament 77cm high, 118 cm long Ron Mueck, spooning Couple, 2005 polyester resin, silicone, monofilament
  100. 100. to the strange and provocative and funny
  101. 101. artist and date unknown
  102. 102. Scott Fife, Kurt Cobain, 2006 cardboard, glue, screws 22” long
  103. 103. Natee Utarit, Venus, the Peel of Emptiness, date? bronze 90cm high
  104. 104. Pat Boyd, title?, date? carved and painted gourds
  105. 105. Zhang Huan, Three Heads six Arms, 2008 copper 26’ high x 60’ wide
  106. 106. Don Maguire, Navel, date? material, size? artist unknown material?, size? also unknown: how the hell he/she got permission to display this in a public place
  107. 107. clothing made from growing blood cells in a medium
  108. 108. artist unknown bricks and mortar

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