Femme Fatale - Jessica Jardin

In the Western world, the nude form in art is peculiarly common. Given that this is the inherent form of every human life, it is no wonder that many question the overtly sexualized and erotic portrayal of the female nude. In this gallery, women throughout various decades can be seen in their natural state, each "at home in their naked bodies and yet seemingly unaware of them." The common thread binding these pieces together is the medium of oil paint.

Sea and Sunshine, MIGISHI Kotaro, 1934, From the collection of: Fukuoka Art Museum
Sea and Sunshine depicts a woman lying on the beach, surrounded by shells of various sizes. The woman's face and the lower portion of her legs are covered by what appears to be a sheet or some other cloth. The color scheme can best be described as split complementary.
An Eclogue, Kenyon Cox, 1890, From the collection of: Smithsonian American Art Museum
An Eclogue depicts four women in the forefront of the painting, with a man and dog in the background towards the left hand side. The women appear to be relaxing on the meadow, the laid-back nature depicted by the dynamic of each individual. There is strong detail in the texture of this piece, as seen in the grass as well as the stack of hay.
After the Bath, Charles Walter Stetson, 1910, From the collection of: Smithsonian American Art Museum
After the Bath depicts two women drying off after bathing in the pictured lake/body of water. The very composition of this piece is intriguing, as it comes from the perspective of an outsider observing from a distance. The contrast of light and dark draws attention to the two figures despite their size relative to their surroundings.
Nude on a Couch, Gustave Caillebotte, c. 1880, From the collection of: Minneapolis Institute of Art
Nude on a Couch depicts a woman resting in her natural state. Her forearm is draped over her face, without fully blocking her serene expression. Her hand is innocently placed on her left breast, without any indication of a sexual act occurring. The artist utilizes plenty of texture, as demonstrated in the detailed fabric of the couch.
Pastoral, Rupert BUNNY, c.1893, From the collection of: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Pastoral depicts many subjects, three of which are women either partially or fully in their natural form. The two found on the left hand side are in the shallow water, looking towards the young man playing a pipe. Beside the young man is another young woman, listening to his tunes with an expression of both admiration and contentment. The use of texture is generously applied throughout the piece, from the waves of the ocean to the flowers in the grass.
Woman with a Parrot, Gustave Courbet (French, Ornans 1819–1877 La Tour-de-Peilz), 1866, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Woman with a Parrot depicts a woman lying on her back, beckoning a parrot to perch upon her hand. Contrast and texture easily distinguishes the woman as the primary focus, as she is placed in the foreground. Light is primarily shed on her, making all details of her surroundings less notable in comparison.
Femme nue lisant (Nude Woman Reading), Robert Delaunay, 1920, From the collection of: Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao
Femme nue lisant depicts a nude woman reading a book on what appears to be her desk or bedroom vanity. The style of this piece is much more abstract in comparison to other depictions of the female nude, leaving much room for interpretation. The color scheme brings a nice balance between warm and cool tones, allowing the two to work harmoniously beside each other.
Nude, TANAKA Yasushi, 1924, From the collection of: The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
Nude depicts a woman in a graceful, dance-like pose while draping a sheer piece of fabric in front of her. There is great detail found in the texture of the folding screen behind the woman, which stands out in comparison to the blank spaces surrounding the right side of her.
Female Nude, Ramon Casas, 1894, From the collection of: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, Barcelona
Female Nude depicts a woman lying in a relaxed, casual position, on what appears to be the floor. Her left arm is folded behind her head, her right arm stretched out and holding onto a flat, rectangular object. The saturation of the image’s entirety is somewhat subdued, as the color scheme seems to be comprised of pastel blues, yellows and browns.
The Spring Witch, George Wilson, c. 1880, From the collection of: Delaware Art Museum
The Spring Witch depicts a nude female standing, her light and airy figure contrasting with the dark doorway of the structure behind her. She appears to be holding a small rounded object in her left hand, which releases a stream of mist/fog that circles her from neck to foot. From the title of the piece, one is led to assume that the mist/fog is a result of mystic power.
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