Art Institute of Chicago. Retrieved 22 October One of the defining characteristics of the modern era in art is the blurring of the line between the naked and the nude. For Lynda Nead, the female nude is a matter of containing sexuality; in the case of the classical art history view represented by Kenneth Clark, this is about idealization and de-emphasis of overt sexuality, while the modern view recognizes that the human body is messy, unbounded, and problematical. Women, Art and Power and Other Essays. Perhaps she took me, with my anguished face, for one of those legendary demons or specters, the Tupapaus that filled the sleepless nights of her people. The paintings of Jenny Saville include family and self-portraits among other nudes; often done in extreme perspectives, attempting to balance realism with abstraction; all while expressing how a woman feels about the female nude.
Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with absolute truth.
Oil paint historically has been the ideal medium for depicting the nude. The different depictions of the nude in art has not only instituted a system of controlling the image of women but it has put women of color in a place of other. The activity of communal bathing in Japan is portrayed as just another social activity, without the significance placed upon the lack of clothing that exists in the West. Archived from the original on 27 February He describes the painting as follows without explaining the subject is a nude:.