This is a self-portrait painting.
"Victoria's Secret", oil on panel, 21.5 x 14.5 inches, framed
This painting has been exhibited at:
2020 Bank of the Arts National Juried Exhibition
Craven Arts Council & Gallery
317 Middle St
New Bern, NC
August 14 to September 11, 2020
Nude art has been significant since the Ancient Greek era, a time where being naked was considered a heroic state but presented idealised and unrealistic expectations of the perfect form — a conversation that has circulated throughout the course of history and is still widely discussed today.
The tendency to sexualise the female form continued throughout the 20th century, but in 1970 painter Lucian Freud decided to approach the nude in a new way, painting the human form in its most natural state with complete disregard for idealisation and sexualisation (hoorah). This approach influenced artists across the world and now we see nude art that has broken down all aesthetic barriers.
Although it will always be art that focuses on the unclothed human form, the way this is created from concept to canvas presents a plethora of other meanings that we can gladly celebrate.
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