Turns out 'reclining nude' is almost as ubiquitous as 'still life with fruit.' I had literally thousands to choose from. Some were stunning. Other were, hmmmm, how to express this politely . . . just this side of porn. That's not quite right. How about, just that side of porn . . .
I'm sharing my favorites. Because I can. Because this is my blog and I can post what I like. Even when I'm being boring to everyone but myself : )
This one is a Renoir. It looks to me like he painted her without her knowledge--as though he came upon her as she was just taking a nap by the lake. Wearing nothing. Nothing but an artfully arranged scarf. That didn't cover her buttcrack. You know, a typical day in the life of an average housewife. But doesn't she have beautiful hair?
This is a Toulouse-Lautrec. I think she looks bitter and hard. And like she used to be so beautiful, but she knows her looks are starting to fade a little. And there's no way of disguising that forever. (And just so you know, naked boobs do not behave themselves like the ones in this painting!)
This beautiful young thing needs to wake the hell up before she's trampled by that horse!
I am not an artist. I would never look at this pile of debris in the desert and think to myself, "Hmm, doesn't that look exactly like a naked woman posing?
Once again, I'm just not this clever. I don't see art in the everyday. I would never have looked at one of these statues and said to myself, "I know what I could do with that!"
I love the next one because she looks exactly like me. In that we're both women. And both brunettes. After that, the resemblance begins to fade a bit . . . I love that she is so comfortable just relaxing on the couch--naked, for heaven's sake!--while she's being painted. And she's classy about it. Not all pouty and bedroom eyes. Just straightforward. Honest. In control. I can't identify with that at all.
And my hands-down favorite (I love this one so much I've been using it as my profile photo.) I give you Reclining Nude:
Thank you for your indulgence : )