Saturday, January 21, 2023

01 Painting, The Art Of The Nude, Boris Kustodiev's Model, with footnotes # 156

Boris Kustodiev, (1878-1927)
Detail; Model, c. 1919
Oil on canvas
20 ¼ x 15 7/8 in. (51.3 x 40.4 cm.)
Private collection

Boris Kustodiev, (1878-1927)
Model, c. 1919
Oil on canvas
20 ¼ x 15 7/8 in. (51.3 x 40.4 cm.)
Private collection

Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev was born in Astrakhan on March 7, 1878 into the family of a professor of philosophy, history of literature, and logic at the local theological seminary.

Between 1893 and 1896, Boris took private art lessons in Astrakhan. Subsequently, from 1896 to 1903, he attended Ilya Repin’s studio at the Academy of Arts in St. Peterburg. Concurrently he took classes in sculpture under Dmitry Stelletsky and in etching under Vasily Mathé.

In 1904, he traveled to Spain, in 1907 to Italy, and in 1909 visited Austria, France, and Germany, and again Italy. During these years he painted many portraits and genre pieces.

In 1909, Kustodiev developed the initial symptoms of the grave illness that in 1916 paralyzed the lower part of his body, thus confining him to his studio where he continued to paint, relying on memories from his boyhood and youth and on his imagination. 

In 1923, Kustodiev joined the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia. He continued to paint, make engravings, illustrate books and design for the theater up until his death on May 28, 1927, in Leningrad. More on Boris Kustodiev





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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

01 Painting, The Art Of The Nude, Josh Honeyman's Victorine Meurent and her crayons, with footnotes # 152

Josh Honeyman, Australia
Victorine Meurent and her crayons
Oil on Canvas.
39.4 W x 59.1 H x 0.2 in

Victorine-Louise Meurent (February 18, 1844 – March 17, 1927) was a French painter and a famous model for painters. Although she is best known as the favourite model of Édouard Manet, she was also an artist in her own right who regularly exhibited at the prestigious Paris Salon. In 1876 her paintings were selected for inclusion at the Salon's juried exhibition, when Manet's work was not.

Meurent's name remains forever associated with Manet's masterpieces of 1863, The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia, which include nude portrayals of her. More on Victorine Meurent

Josh Honeyman lives near Blackheath close to the highest point of the Blue Mountains. He takes us there, into visionary landscapes, reimagining the world through a host of signs, symbols and haunting scenarios. Arcane narratives are suggested, ones steeped in myth, portents and divinations. There's love, death, poetry, mystery, wizardry, far beyond anything the camera can offer. The fact that Honeyman is a highly skilled painter allows him to convince us of the validity of these alternative realms. Let's go there, not all the time, but long enough to recognise that the human spirit is more than just a receptacle for the banal pragmatism and dull conventions of Western rationalism. Robert Hollingworth, 2019

Josh studied at the College of Fine Arts, Sydney. He has exhibited in a range of solo and group shows across Australia and in Los Angeles, USA in 2006.





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Saturday, December 31, 2022

06 Photographs, The Art Of The Nude, Playboy's Raquel Welch in her blue bikini, with footnotes # 113

Chris von Wangenheim
Reflection, Raquel Welch, Playboy, c. 1979
Photograph
Private collection

Chris von Wangenheim was born in Breig, in what was then a war-torn East Prussia, in 1942. His father was an officer in the German Army who died in Soviet captivity in 1953. This tragedy would go on to inform his son’s dark nature. By this time von Wangenheim was living in the Bavarian mountains with his mother and sister and, inspired by a photographer living in the upstairs flat, had developed a burgeoning interest in photography. Von Wangenheim carried this fascination with him into adulthood. In 1965 he relocated to New York City to kickstart his own career. He got his start as an assistant for Harper’s Bazaar photographer James Moore, and as a result secured a few pages in the magazine. But it wasn’t until 1969 that von Wangenheim captured the attention of newly appointed special features editor at Vogue Italia, Anna Piaggi. The flamboyant Piaggi had a vibrant and provocative vision that perfectly aligned itself with von Wangenheim’s aesthetic, and under her reign he began to develop his unique, yet definitively 70s style. The 60s and 70s saw a wave of violence seep its way into all areas of popular culture, from Andy Warhol’s Death and Disaster period to films like Dirty Harry and Taxi Driver, and von Wangenheim simply thought, “the violence is in the culture so why shouldn’t it be in our pictures?” What ensued were hugely impactful images filled with gun-toting beauties, teeth-baring dobermans, blood, bare breasts and billowing smoke. Von Wangenheim’s work was macabre, sexy, incendiary, chic and in very high demand, and before long he was shooting for everyone from Dior to US Vogue to Playboy. More on Chris von Wangenheim

Chris von Wangenheim
Raquel Welch, Playboy, c. 1979
Color Satin
I have no further description, at this time

Chris von Wangenheim
Raquel Welch, c. 1979
Color Satin
I have no further description, at this time

Chris von Wangenheim
Raquel Welch
Color Satin
8.5X11
Private collection

Chris von Wangenheim
Raquel Welch
Color Satin
I have no further description, at this time

On the big screen, Raquel performed some of the most erotic scenes in the history of world cinema. However, she never performed a nude. Her status as her sex symbol landed her in the pages of Playboy in 1979, where she posed semi-nude at age 39. In this regard, Hugh Hefner commented: “Raquel Welch, one of the last classic sex symbols. She came from a time when she could be considered the sexiest woman in the world without taking her clothes off. She refused to do a full nude, and I graciously relented. The photos speak for themselves." More on this work

Raquel Welch, c. 1982
Color Satin
I have no further description, at this time

Raquel Welch (born Jo Raquel Tejada; September 5, 1940) is an American actress and singer.

She first won attention for her role in Fantastic Voyage (1966), after which she won a contract with 20th Century Fox. They lent her contract to a British studio, for whom she made One Million Years B.C. (1966). She had only three lines in the film, yet images of her in the doe-skin bikini which she wore became best-selling posters that turned her into a celebrity sex symbol. She later starred in notable films including Bedazzled (1967), Bandolero! (1968), 100 Rifles (1969) and Myra Breckinridge (1970). She made several television variety specials.

Welch's unique persona on film made her into an icon of the 1960s and 1970s. She carved out a place in movie history portraying strong female characters and breaking the mold of the submissive sex symbol. She won a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy in 1974 for her performance in The Three Musketeers. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Television Film for her performance in the film Right to Die (1987). In 1995, Welch was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History". Playboy ranked Welch No. 3 on their "100 Sexiest Stars of the Twentieth Century" list. In 2011, Men's Health ranked her No. 2 in its "Hottest Women of All Time" list. More on Raquel Welch




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Sunday, December 18, 2022

01 Work, The Art Of The Nude, Katerina Belkina's For (Egon) Schiele, with footnotes # 146

Katerina Belkina, Russian, b. 1974
Detail; For (Egon) Schiele
Archival pigment print
120 by 84cm., 47 by 33in.
Private collection

Katerina Belkina, Russian, b. 1974
For (Egon) Schiele
Archival pigment print
120 by 84cm., 47 by 33in.
Private collection

Egon Schiele (German: 12 June 1890 – 31 October 1918) was an Austrian painter. A protégé of Gustav Klimt, Schiele was a major figurative painter of the early 20th century. His work is noted for its intensity and its raw sexuality, and the many self-portraits the artist produced, including naked self-portraits. The twisted body shapes and the expressive line that characterize Schiele's paintings and drawings mark the artist as an early exponent of Expressionism. More on Egon Schiele

Katerina Belkina (born 1974, Samara, Russia) is a Russian contemporary pictoralist photographer and painter. She digitally manipulates many of her photographs to appear as paintings, and often uses herself as the model in her work.

From 1989 Belkina studied at the Art School and the Petrow-Vodkin art academy in Samara. From 1994 - 1999 she worked at the publishing house Fedorow in Samara. In 2000 she started to study at the Michael-Musorin school for photography in her hometown where she studied till 2002. At the same time she worked as a computer graphic designer at a Russian television channel.

In 2007, Belkina was nominated for the Russian Kandinsky Prize. In 2009/2010 she was at the 1st Photo Biennale of the Russian Museum at the Marble Palace in St. Petersburg. In 2011, she was in the framework of the Fourth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. In 2015, she was awarded the International Lucas-Cranach-Preis. In 2016, she won the Hasselblad Masters’ Competition with a self-portrait as a pregnant woman.

Belkina is a member of the Union of Russian Photographers.

Belkina's photographic work is strongly influenced by the painting. It focuses entirely on portraits. In recent years she mainly focused on staged self-portraits.The series "Paint” combined picturesque and photographic elements and reinterpreted paintings by famous painters. The series "Hieroglyph" consists of body fragments, processed for a collage. The series "Empty Spaces” was created in 2010/11.  More on Katerina Belkina



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Thursday, December 1, 2022

01 Painting, The Art Of The Nude, Leon Kroll's Reclining Nude, with footnotes # 139

Leon Kroll
Reclining Nude
Pastel on Board
12 inches x 16 inches.
Private collection

Leon Kroll (December 6, 1884 – October 25, 1974) was an American painter and lithographer. Known as a figurative artist, Life Magazine described him as "the dean of U.S. nude painters," yet he was an exceptional landscape painter and also produced an exceptional body of still life compositions.

He studied at the Art Students League of New York, and at the Académie Julian in Paris in the late 1800s. In 1913 Kroll showed work at the Armory Show.

Kroll taught at the Art Students League of New York and the school of the National Academy of Design, where he had his first solo exhibition in 1910, was named as Associate in 1920 and as full Academician in 1927. In 1930, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was also named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1950. Kroll died in Gloucester, Massachusetts aged 89. More on Leon Kroll





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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

01 Photograph, The Art Of The Nude, Ruth Bernhard's Detail; Transparent, with footnotes # 137

Ruth Bernhard, (American, 1905-2006)
Detail; Transparent, c. 1968
Gelatin silver
9-5/8 x 6-1/2 inches (24.4 x 16.5 cm)
Private collection

Ruth Bernhard, (American, 1905-2006)
Transparent, c. 1968
Gelatin silver
9-5/8 x 6-1/2 inches (24.4 x 16.5 cm)
Private collection

Ruth Bernhard, American photographer (born Oct. 14, 1905, Berlin, Ger.—died Dec. 18, 2006, San Francisco, Calif.), celebrated the female form with her light-infused black-and-white nudes, which were distinctive for their clarity and carefully wrought details. Bernhard’s career took a pivotal turn after a chance meeting with photographer Edward Weston, who became her mentor. She joined the Group f.64, a Modernist circle of photographers that included Weston, Ansel Adams, and Dorothea Lange. Bernhard was primarily a studio photographer, and she spent hours setting up compositions that featured inanimate objects. A perfectionist whose output was slim, Bernhard earned a living by teaching and taking on commercial assignments. More on Ruth Bernhard



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Sunday, November 6, 2022

01 Photograph, The Art Of The Nude, Lidia Wylangowska's Eva, with footnotes #141

Lidia Wylangowska, United States
Eva
Giclee print
36 W x 40 H x 0.1 in

Lidia Wylangowska: "My art tells my story. It's a story of my world, of my thoughts and emotions entwined in an internal dialogue. And some of it can be expressed only through painting. It is incredible, how fairy-tales I heard once-upon-a-time, in my childhood actually influenced my life and defined who I am. 

The technique I use in my works is changing and evolving as I do. There is a lot my very own inventions in it but the very base comes from Renaissance Masters. Masaccio, Leonardo da Vinci , Raphael are commonly considered to have pioneered the use of chiaroscuro to create the illusion of relief - notably in the modelling of the human body. Chiaroscuro modeling is supporting the effect of color. In order to use the under painting efficiently, I put the color transparently. The transparent layer of paint spread over the top of an opaque passage that has been given some time to dry. Light travels through the glaze and is reflected back off of the opaque layer below. The light in the painting constructed this way lit the color from the bottom. More on Lidia Wylangowska





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01 Painting, The Art Of The Nude, Boris Kustodiev's Model, with footnotes # 156

Boris Kustodiev, (1878-1927) Detail; Model, c. 1919 Oil on canvas 20 ¼ x 15 7/8 in. (51.3 x 40.4 cm.) Private collection Boris Kustodiev...