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The Nude in Art

I want to be nude, don’t you? Not just my body but my soul—that boxcar full of melon, wine and gospel fire. I’m never here, always wishing for home... Always that house loving me in its fallopian rooms. Such brittle tenderness only bare feet on cold floors know. Eckhart said, the greater the nudity, the greater the union. A nude soul is best—its rusty wheels bare like shins. Always they go down through the blue earth, rise up with weeds. (Roxanne Johnson)

Avigdor Arikha, Sleeping Nude with Indian Rug, 1985

  • Christopher Hickey

    I have not thought about Arikha in years. I have a small catalog somewhere in the studio. Wonderful extreme composition. Thanks for posting this.

  • Patricia Schappler

    It reminds me a bit of early Lucian Freud and you're right, it's the elongation of the image format supporting those teeth like patterns in the carpet, the open door, her gesture etc... make this psychologically powerful!

azia: June Noon. 1963. Alex Colville “I am inclined to think that people can only be close when there is some kind of separateness.”

mike reedy - jessica

mike reedy - jessica picture on VisualizeUs

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Figures by Vladimir Semenskiy, via Behance

charvin1

Sketchbook Drawings | @random

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Saatchi Art Artist steven irwin; Photography, "Nude VIII" #art

Vincent Desiderio

Sangram Majumdar

Artodyssey: Sangram Majumdar

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Angel Ramiro Sanchez - Nude at the mirror (2004)

FIGURATIVE PAINTINGS BY JEREMY MANN

Juxtapoz Magazine - Figurative Paintings by Jeremy Mann

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Female Figure Seated by Rex Whistler UCL Art Museum Date painted: 1924

BBC - Your Paintings - Female Figure Seated

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Diebenkorn

PAINTING: POWERS OF OBSERVATION: Diebenkorn's Notes to Himself

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Will Cotton

New York Academy of Art

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