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"Venus with a Mirror" by Titian, 1555.
Detail from "The Debarkation of Marie de Medici at Versailles" by Peter Paul Rubens, 1625. Image courtesy of Francesca Myman, from a picture taken in the Louvre. This image is a real stunner. Take a look at the close-up -- the detail is worth notice. I love the two drops of water rolling off the blonde's thigh. Voluptuous and sensual -- and right at eye level when you view the painting.
"Pan and Syrinx," by François Boucher, 1759.
"The Novel Reader," by Antoine Wiertz, 1853.
Etching after "The Souls of Paulo and Francesca."
"Nude" by Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1876.
"Blonde Bather" by Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1881.
"Leila" by Sir Frank Herbert Dicksee, 1892.
Lovely portrait of a slightly rounded girl who, today, would be considered "not quite perfect" — absurd!
"Caryatid" by Amedeo Modigliani, 1913.
"Nude (Front View)" by Joan Miró, 1917. Image courtesy of University of Michigan Museum of Art.
"Women Running on the Beach" by Picasso, 1922.
"Seated Nude" by Tamara de Lempicka, 1925.
"Rafaela" by Tamara de Lempicka, 1925.
"Tunique Rose" by Tamara de Lempicka, 1925.
Nude # 70 by Irving Penn, 1949-50.
Nude # 99 by Irving Penn, 1949-50.
Nude # 150 by Irving Penn, 1949-50.
"Nude" by William Carter, 1950.
By Chinese woman artist Pan Yuliang, probably c. 1950.
"Woman and Willow Frond" by Pan Yuliang, 1964.
"Lady Bathers at Sea Shore" by Pan Yuliang, c. 1950.
"Untitled" by well-known "beauty" photographer Joyce Tenneson, c. 1980s. Courtesy of American Photographer, September 1987. A quote from the article in which this image is featured: "Line and form were primary interests, but 'I was fascinated by the sculptural quality of the subject,' says Tenneson."
Speaking of sculptural quality:
Sculpture by Fernando Botero. I'm actually not a huge fan of Botero's famous paintings: to me they seem wooden and unappealing. But his sculptures are a different matter.
"Woman Seated with Fruit" by Fernando Botero, 1996.
"The Doorway" by Francisco Zúñiga, 1968.
"Desnudo de Concha" by Francisco Zúñiga, 1947.
"Dance (Red Series)," by Malaysian artist Haris Ribut, 2001.
"Malay Dance (Red)," by Haris Ribut, 2000.
"Sculpture II (2003)" by Haris Ribut.
And I couldn't resist juxtaposing Oded Halahmy's "Large and Round" green-patined bronze of 1964 with the above image!
"Red Nude Series III" by Haris Ribut, c. 2001.
"#135" by Hawaiian artist Madge Tennent, c. 1940 (?).
"#112" by Madge Tennent, 1941.
"Water Dance (study)." By remarkable contemporary Hawaiian artist Chris Campbell, c. 2005. Image courtesy of Bethel Street Gallery. Be sure to visit Bethel Street Gallery to see more examples of Campbell's work!
"Water Dance" by Chris Campbell, c. 2005.
"Free Floating (study)" by Chris Campbell, c. 2006.
"Two Women" by Chris Campbell, c. 2006.
"After the Bath" by Chris Campbell, 2005.
"At Rest on Carpet" by Chris Campbell, c. 2006.
And, because I just cannot resist these water paintings:
On the theme of floating:
"Large Nude Women with Birds" by contemporary painter Bradley Wind.
Just a wonderful abstract figurative work with a sense of roundness. "Box Yellow Figures (Front)" by Bradley Wind.
By Bradley Wind. Be sure to visit his flickr account for more examples of inventive and strange artwork.
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Women En Large
body impolitic blog
Leonard Nimoy's Full Body Project
The Beautiful Women Project
Breast Update: The Beautiful Women Project
Remarkable Article on Irving Penn's Nudes
Earthly Bodies: Irving Penn's Nudes, 1949-50
Beauty Plus Power: Made to Measure
The Judgement of Paris
Large Size Beauties
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
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