A Curve Like the Curve of a Buttock

More from How to Be Both by Ali Smith, because it’s full of wonderful things:

“I feel the loss, dull the ache of it cause I had it, the place where his legs met his body, the muscular dark where his tunic flared up in the breeze as he went, I had it like telling the oldest story in the world cause there’s a very pure pleasure in a curve like the curve of a buttock : the only other thing as good to draw is the curve of a horse and like a horse a curved line is a warm thing, good-natured, will serve you well if not mistreated.”

Grete Stern – Dream Nº 16, ca. 1950

Dream Nº 16. Grete Stern. ca. 1950

Photograph showing unidentified male nudes on the beach Photographer Unknown null An initial donation of the papers of Tuke and Gotch was made to the Tate Archive by Mr Brian D. Price in 1990. Additional donations of related material were made in 1991, 1994 and 2002. http://www.tate.org.uk/art/archive/TGA-9019-1-4-5-9-1

Photograph showing unidentified male nudes on the beach. Photographer Unknown. Date Unknown.

Ana Regina Nogueira from series Olhos n'agua

Ana Regina Nogueira from series Olhos n’agua

Martin Parr Lifes a Beach

Life’s a Beach. Martin Parr


Tanned

Two summery prints by Tom Wesselmann:

Cut-out Nude from 11 Pop Artists, Volume I Tom Wesselmann 1965

Cut-out Nude, Tom Wesselmann, 1965

Tom Wesselmann Shiny Nude from the Rubber Stamp Portfolio 1977

Shiny Nude, Tom Wesselmann, 1977


Time for me to talk

Ansiedad. Pedro Figari.

Ansiedad. Pedro Figari.


Amrita

Self Portrait. Amrita Sher Gil

Self Portrait. Amrita Sher Gil


Olympia

Edouard_Manet_-_Olympia_1863

Olympia. Edouard Manet. 1863.

A Parody of Manet's Olympia with Junyer and Picasso. By Pablo Picasso. 1902.

A Parody of Manet’s Olympia with Junyer and Picasso. By Pablo Picasso. 1902.

The Black and The White. Felix Vallotton. 1919

The Black and The White. Felix Vallotton. 1919

Mel Ramos, Manet's Olympia, 1974. Lithograph.

Mel Ramos, Manet’s Olympia, 1974. Lithograph.

Portrait (Futago). Yasumassa Morimura. 1988

Portrait (Futago). Yasumassa Morimura. 1988

5.1.2

Olympia, YSL Spring 1999 ad campaign for Rive Gauche, shot by Mario Sorrenti.


The Mediterranean

 The Mediterranean. Aristide Maillol. 1902-05.

The Mediterranean. Aristide Maillol. 1902-05.


Torso

Torso. Jean Arp

Torso. Jean Arp


In the Water

Ana Regina Nogueira by Gil Prates

Ana Regina Nogueira and Gil Prates

Ana Regina Nogueira by Gil Prates

Ana Regina Nogueira and Gil Prates


The Birth of Olympia

With Olympia, Manet reworked the traditional theme of the female nude, using a strong, uncompromising technique. Both the subject matter and its depiction explain the scandal caused by this painting at the 1865 Salon. Even though Manet quoted numerous formal and iconographic references, such as Titian’s Venus of Urbino, Goya’s Maja desnuda, and the theme of the odalisque with her black slave, already handled by Ingres among others, the picture portrays the cold and prosaic reality of a truly contemporary subject. Venus has become a prostitute, challenging the viewer with her calculating look. This profanation of the idealized nude, the very foundation of academic tradition, provoked a violent reaction. Critics attacked the “yellow-bellied odalisque” whose modernity was nevertheless defended by a small group of Manet’s contemporaries with Zola at their head.

Text from Musée d’Orsay

Titian Venus of Urbino

Venus of Urbino. Titian. 1538

maja desnuda Goya

La Maja Desnuda. Francisco Goya. 1797-1800

Odalisque with slave by Ingres 1842

Odalisque with Slave. Ingres. 1842.

Olympia. Edouard Manet. 1863.

Olympia. Edouard Manet. 1863.


Juliet et Margaret

Juliet Browner and Margaret Neiman wear papier mache masks designed and created by Man Ray  juliet-et-margaret by man ray 2juliet-et-margaret by man ray 3