Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Figure Study in Pastel

Thursday's Model

Thursday's Model, painting by Jan Blencowe

About This Painting: This is something I have never posted on the blog before, a nude figure study. Not that I have anything in particular against nudes in art, but a recent controversy at a gallery that I am part of prompted me to go back in my archives and find this piece. The uproar centered around what is appropriate when portraying nudes in art that are displayed in a public venue. What is crass, what is offensive, what crosses a line? The paintings in question in the gallery, while probably valuable studies of sections of male human anatomy for the artist, were probably better kept as part of the artist's private collection. (pun intended LOL). Whenever I paint the nude I always choose to portray a point of view that is elegant, tasteful and modest ( do people even know what that word means anymore??) I think the painting above is a good example of that. That's not to say that I don't have stacks of figure studies from every concievable angle, I just realize that many of them are not really edifying to the viewing public, no matter how valuable they were as drawing excercises for me. As with all subjects I want to create something beautiful, not pretty or sentimental, but neither do I want it to be coarse, shocking, vulgar or ugly. Just....beautiful!

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1 comment:

Jane Hunt said...

Well, mission accomplished - this is just......beautiful(and tasteful)! Love the simplicity and the contrast of her red hair.