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Fine Art Nudes: the body, beauty, sex

My Favorite Nudes
 
Fine art nudes. This image is 'The Wave' by the 19th-century French Academic painter William Bouguereau.
'The Wave' by William Bouguereau
Fine art nudes. This image is 'Biblis' by the 19th-century French Academic painter William Bouguereau.
'Biblis' by William Bouguereau
 

Sensual nudes
in classic art

   The human body has had universal appeal for artists at least since "The Willendorf Venus" was carved 24,000 years ago. That earliest female nude featured prominent breasts, buttocks and vulva and has obvious sexual significance.
   Art is complex, but it's clear that nude sculpture and nude painting can have a sexually arousing effect, besides its less physical appeal.
   These are some examples of work by renowned artists from previous eras who saw naked women as I do: As a feast for the eyes and an endless source of delight to the libido.
 
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Painters who loved naked women

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William Bouguereau

This French "Academic" painter of the late 19th Century was out of fashion for many years, because he resisted the innovations of the Impressionists and other modernists. As the advent of photography spurred artistic pioneers to move toward abstraction, ultra-realistic painters like Bouguereau refined their technical skills to create ever more lifelike pictures. Few have ever equalled his mastery of the tones and textures of human skin. As these examples show, we lovers of the female nude still thank him.

 
Fine art nudes. This image is 'Woman with Shell' by the 19th-century French Academic painter William Bouguereau.
'Woman With Shell'
 
Fine art nudes. This image is 'Bather' by the 19th-century French Academic painter William Bouguereau.
'Bather'
 
Fine art nudes. This image is 'The Lost Pleiad' by the 19th-century French Academic painter William Bouguereau.
'The Lost Pleiad'
 
Fine art nudes. This image is 'The Return of Spring' by the 19th-century French Academic painter William Bouguereau.
'The Return of Spring'
 

Click on images to view larger versions of these paintings.   Fine art nudes. This image is 'Seated Bather' by the 19th-century French Academic painter William Bouguereau.
'Seated Bather'
  Fine art nudes. This image is 'Venus' by the 19th-century French Academic painter William Bouguereau.
'Venus'
  Fine art nudes. This image is 'The Pain of Love' by the 19th-century French Academic painter William Bouguereau.
'The Pain of Love'
  Fine art nudes. This image is 'Bathers' by the 19th-century French Academic painter William Bouguereau.
'Bathers'
 

  Fine art nudes. This image is 'Girl Defending Herself Against Love' by the 19th-century French Academic painter William Bouguereau.
'Girl Defending Herself Against Love'
  Fine art nudes. This image is 'Nymphaeum' by the 19th-century French Academic painter William Bouguereau.
'Nymphaeum'
  Fine art nudes. This image is 'Nymphs and Satyr' by the 19th-century French Academic painter William Bouguereau.
'Nymphs and Satyr'

 

 

Gustave Courbet

Active a generation earlier than his fellow Frenchman Bouguereau, Courbet was the "bad boy" of the Paris art world in his time. He shocked the establishment with the frank eroticism of his paintings, including the undisguised lesbianism of "Sleep." Some of his best works no longer exist; at least one was bought by a pious prude so it could be destroyed! Courbet's most scandalous works were openly pornographic, notably "Origin of the World." This remarkable work of art was produced for a private client and never exhibited publicly in Courbet's lifetime.

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Fine art nudes. This image is 'Sleeping Nude' by the 19th-century French painter Gustave Courbet.
'Sleeping Nude'
Fine art nudes. This image is 'Sleep' by the 19th-century French painter Gustave Courbet.
'Sleep'
Fine art nudes. This image is 'Woman With Parrot' by the 19th-century French painter Gustave Courbet.
'Woman with Parrot'

 

The artist as pornographer

   If we define pornography as material intended to create sexual arousal, Courbet's painting of an open and inviting pair of labia is certainly pornographic. There is unmistakable fondness in his rendering of the buttocks' curves, the cushiony thighs, the aroused inner lips peeking through the unruly nest of pubic hair, the erect nipple. There's no doubt he wanted us to know this woman is sexually excited.
   Courbet's model is said to have been the mistress of James McNeill Whistler, the expatriate American painter. So we might think of an alternative title for this pleasant scene as "Whistler's Lover."

Fine art nudes. This image is 'Origin of the World' by the 19th-century French painter Gustave Courbet.
'Origin of the World'

   For me, this picture represents an artistic precedent for one of my basic ideas. That is, it's legitimate to honor and admire the sex organs that are, in fact, the origin of everything alive. Sex, in essence, is the life force. Pornography that respects that fact is life-affirming.
 

Scandal in Spain: 'Naked Maja'

 

Francisco
de Goya

   Francisco Goya was a subversive presence in the conservative world of 18th and 19th-Century Spain. During the upheavals of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, Goya produced a series of politically charged paintings, including the series called "The Disasters of War." Between the satirical works of his middle years and dark, fantastic paintings of his old age, Goya has been called a forerunner of the artistic radicals of the following centuries.
 
Francisco Goya's "Naked Maja" from 1800 led to the "Clothed Maja" three years later. Go to larger version.
     It was Goya's shocking nude painting from around 1800, "La maja desnuda," that created the greatest uproar. Unlike other nudes, he didn't attempt to cloak its sexually alluring subject in mythological or allegorical meaning. She was simply a beautiful woman, totally naked, gazing directly at the viewer.
   His model may have been the Duchess of Alba, who is believed to have been one of Goya's lovers.
   In spite of outraged public opinion, Goya refused to

  Spanish postage stamp featuring 'Naked Maja' was banned from the United States in the 1930s. By the 1930s the Spanish government (pre-Franco) had honored "Naked Maja" with a postage stamp. But prudes in the United States Post Office refused to allow any mail carrying this stamp to enter the U.S.!



  'Two Nude Young Women on a Bed' by Francisco Goya, 1796

This Goya drawing from 1796 is titled "Two Nude Young Women on a Bed." It raises intriguing questions about the artist's relationship to these two. Click on image to see larger version.
paint clothing on his "Maja." But three years later, he produced a second painting, "La maja vestida," or "The Clothed Maja." It was the same woman in the same pose, fully clothed, but

  with her body still forthrightly depicted in all its curves.
   The Spanish Inquisition declared both paintings obscene and confiscated them in 1813. They were returned to their owner more

  than 20 years later.
   We can only imagine how much pleasure these forbidden paintings gave to the officially celibate priests of the Inquisition during their years in the church's care.
 

The nude comes
out of hiding

 

20th-Century
nudes in America

   Although many 20th-Century art movements scorned realism, a healthy segment of the art community continued to refine the female nude. Influenced by George Petty's and Alberto Varga's nude and semi-nude "Esquire" pin-up paintings, World War II aircraft "Nose Art" also helped keep popular images of the female body alive and well in mainstream American culture.

   The untitled nudes shown here were painted by a midwestern female artist who studied at New York's Art Students League in the late 1940s and worked with some of Manhattan's leading magazine illustrators.
 
Fine art nudes. This untitled image was made in 1949 in a figure painting class at New York's famed Art Students League.
'Untitled Nude 1949'

The red sticker means this student work was chosen for a special exhibition.
 
   French painter Paul Chabas' romantic nude "September Morning" won him a medal at the 1912 Paris Salon. Its American debut made it world-famous, and a symbol of a liberalized attitude toward nude art.
   A savvy New York City art dealer put the painting in his gallery window and manipulated the notorious prude Anthony Comstock of the Society for the Suppression of Vice into trying to ban the painting. This manufactured controversy guaranteed widespread public and media attention.
 
'September Morn' by Paul Chabas helped make nude art respectable in America after its 1913 display in New York.
'September Morn' by Paul Chabas, 1912

   Soon this charming image of a naked beauty standing in water showed up on calendars, postcards, advertisements and trinkets of every kind. The controversy generated jokes including this ditty: "Please don't think I'm bad or bold, but where it's deep it's awwful cold."

 
  Fine art nudes. This untitled image was made in 1949 in a figure painting class at New York's famed Art Students League. Fine art nudes. This untitled image was made in 1949 in a figure painting class at New York's famed Art Students League.
'Portrait Studies 1949'

These portraits were painted from live nude models in an Art Students League studio. Click to see larger view
  Fine art nudes. This untitled image was made in 1949 in a figure painting class at New York's famed Art Students League.
'Untitled Nude 1949'

 
1940s aircraft nose art took nudes to war
Sexy nudes, inspired by 'Esquire' pin-up paintings, decorated the noses of hundreds of American fighting aircraft during World War II.
Original artwork decorated nose of WW-II B-17 bomber

Sexy nudes, inspired by 'Esquire' pin-up paintings, decorated the noses of hundreds of American fighting aircraft during World War II.
Modern re-creation of nose art on a restored B-25 bomber

Sexy nudes, inspired by 'Esquire' pin-up paintings, decorated the noses of hundreds of American fighting aircraft during World War II.
An example of totally nude art

Men in war zones, far from the strict dictates of conventional morality, enjoyed nude images in magazines, calendars and on their fighting machines.
Sexy nudes, inspired by 'Esquire' pin-up paintings, decorated the noses of hundreds of American fighting aircraft during World War II. Sexy nudes, inspired by 'Esquire' pin-up paintings, decorated the noses of hundreds of American fighting aircraft during World War II.
These sensuous nudes graced noses of a P-38 fighter, left, and a B-24 bomber.

 
  Figure sketches, charcoal on paper, 1939
 
 




Fine art nudes. This charcoal drawing was made from a life in a college art class in the 1930s
Figure sketches, charcoal on paper, 1939
 


21st-Century nude art by nude artist

Fine art nudes. This monochrome watercolor is a self-portrait made exclusively for 'My Favorite Nudes' by My Favorite Naked Woman
'Self-Portrait as Cowgirl' 2008

     The creative muse for My Favorite Nudes is the webmaster's Favorite Naked Woman, a professionally trained artist who has also posed nude as a life-drawing model for artists.
   Her distinctive monochrome watercolors, one of her signature styles, are based on photographic figure studies by her partner, The Beachcomber.
   She prefers to work in the nude.
   She has used similar techniques to produce original erotic paintings based on some of the photographs found on this website.
 
How she paints sexy nudes

Inspired by photos:
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A sample artwork based on a photograph A sample artwork based on a photograph
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A sample artwork based on a photograph    The world's greatest art treasures are depictions of the human body in its natural splendor. Inspired by that thought, My Favorite Naked Woman undertook a project to put her academic training and professional experience to work in the service of erotica.
   She asked me to select some photos from my extensive collection that, in her view represented real, ordinary women: Like the housewife next door, rather than a professional model. And then she transformed those images into watercolor or monochrome paintings.
   The results were impressive, I thought, and at her encouragement I posted them here. They definitely qualify as some of My Favorite Nudes, created by My Favorite Nude Artist.


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