What makes art controversial? But very often it is because of nudity. There is something about seeing the human body in all its naked splendour that whips elderly churchgoers into a frenzy.
This image is available for download, without charge, under the Getty's Open Content Program. Study of a man's right hand recto ; Studies of four heads and of a nude figure seen from the rear verso. Open Content images tend to be large in file-size.
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The Blue Nudes is a series of color lithographs by Henri Matisse made from cut-outs depicting nude figures in various positions. Restricted by his physical condition after his surgery for stomach cancer, Matisse began creating art by cutting and painting sheets of paper by hand and supervised the creation of the lithographs until his death in Blue Nude IVthe first of the four nudes, took a notebook of studies and two weeks' work of cutting-and-arranging before the resulting artefact satisfied him.
Yet these men and women — old and young, all shapes, sizes and ethnicities — whose bodies are exposed from every angle, whose nude images grace my walls, remain unknown to me. I rarely know their names. Who are these people who bare all to a room full of strangers?
Stirring controversy over art versus pornography is not what the owners of Cafe Kismet had in mind when they put large oil paintings on the walls of their Waukegan coffeehouse. The paintings, mostly of nude women, were an attempt to spice up business at the Genesee Street establishment. Instead, they almost ruined the recipe for a successful business after some people complained that they were in bad taste.
No one has ever painted naked women as gorgeously as Titian did. His ravishing Venus is a lover laying her beauty bare, and the recipient of her optical largesse is anyone who happens to stand in front of this painting in the Uffizi gallery in Florence, Italy. Titian creates with mind-boggling skill the lavish presence of this nude: the rapture of her carnal glory.