Paintings of naked women, usually by clothed men, are suddenly sitting very uncomfortably on gallery walls. Male artists wonder whether they can work with the female form, while the world questions what their intentions were in the first place. By Michael Slenske. And the question of the moment has become: Is it still an artistically justifiable pursuit for a man to paint a naked woman? To answer this question, I reached out to a number of prominent male artists known for doing just that as well as for painting nude men. Presumably, they worried about unintentionally saying the wrong thing that would then echo endlessly across social media, damaging their reputations. For emerging artists, there is the fear of a possibly career-derailing gestalt fail. In their traditional exhibitionist role women are simultaneously looked at and displayed, with their appearance coded for strong visual and erotic impact.
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Nudity , or nakedness , is a state of being in which a human is not wearing clothing or is not covering the genitals. Nakedness was the natural state of human beings in the tropical climates where they first evolved and continues to be the norm in many isolated indigenous societies during the 21st century. The modern understanding of nudity is culturally complex due to different meanings given various states of undress in differing social situations.
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From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Deutsch: Nackte Frauen. Esperanto: Nudaj virinoj. Italiano: Donne nude.
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