Painting Nude Women

M G SinghStarred Page By M G Singh, 12th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The dividing line between pornography and art is thin, yet there is a line. Painting a woman in the nude is an expression of love for god.

Introduction by my Uncle

My uncle Parduman died last year. He was 88. The sad part was that he died unsung and un- heralded, though he was a painter of some standing. Sadder was the fact that he had left his family at the age of 80 and come back to Mumbai to paint. But he couldn't re-establish and died lonely. I wish I had been there to help him, but he was gone ere I came to know about him. My memory of him is of a vibrant painter who once took me to a nude painting class.
It was a wonderful experience as the nude model posed before some 14 artistes including 2 girls, as each sketched her. The nude model had her thighs crossed and I felt she was a little self conscious. But over the years I have been wondering why painters have been painting nudes.

Nude and Naked

While in school our art master Mr Paul once took us to an exhibition of paintings of the famous painter Roerich, a Russian. What caught my eyes were the large paintings of nude women that adorned the exhibition. Being an amateur painter myself, I did sketch one nude of a sleeping woman. Unfortunately it is perhaps lying in a loft at my house.
The charm of painting a nude woman cannot be described. It differs from a naked woman, which some how looks slightly distasteful. But the Greeks and our own ancient artistes all brought forward the nude woman . Most of the Goddesses of the Hindus have been sculptured nude in the temples, so I wonder what the fuss is all about Hussein's paintings.

Nude women and beauty

The fact of the matter is that a nude woman is an object of beauty. Hence a painter will try to capture that beauty. One has to see the Paintings of Goya, Picasso and Dali to realise this. But remember nude paintings are not for the voyeur. They are basically an expression of art. May be at some stage love and sex may also be a part of it, but that is what the Tantra and Acharaya Rajneesh have been talking about.

Last Word

I for one respect the artistes point of view. My friend an art teacher at the Art School commented ' Look its just an expression of ones innermost feelings.' I will leave it at that. However I have one last observation. remember painting a nude woman is something serious and perhaps that is the reason that all nude paitings never show women smiling. Ever thought of that ?
Phot I and II from wiki free
Photo III of my Sketch


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A man who spent his early years in Air Force. An avid writer with over 6000 articles and 60 short stories published.Two novels on the anvil for publication.

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author avatar Retired
12th Nov 2015 (#)

It's hard enough standing there for hours without moving, let alone being expected to smile at the same time!

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author avatar M G Singh
13th Nov 2015 (#)

Ha ha John, that's a point.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Nov 2015 (#)

You are a good artist too Madan.

Not for the faint-hearted; that includes the models and artistes! siva

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author avatar M G Singh
13th Nov 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Nov 2015 (#)

Good share. Blessings.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
16th Nov 2015 (#)

Nice post an interesting one, whoever wants to be standing in the nude for hours!

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