She lies on a crimson #bed. Her outstretched #body fuelling a dynamic #diagonal thrust from upper left to lower right that foxily flashes across the rectangular canvas. She stares out of the picture plane through eyes that look like black almonds, which sit amongst gloriously quirky, elongated features. A skinny nose; tiny pert lips; flashes of teeth; endless, slender eyebrows - all are symmetrically arranged on her elegant, Byzantine face. Her breasts and body are more curvaceous, presenting the viewer with a soft, sensual arc of sunny #flesh, interrupted only by a rosy nipple and a tiny plume of armpit hair. Her arms rest behind her, propping up her head. Her bottom begins to turn to her left, away from the viewer, inviting a cheeky glimpse of her form. Her thighs are strong yet supple. She waits. She is ready. She is Goddess. She is whatever you fucking want her to be. Who is she? It doesn’t matter. There’s no myth; no allegory; no context cushioning the obvious erotic charge of this image. It’s just straight-up hard-on material. #venus as centrefold. #amedeomodigliani painted “Reclining Nude” in 1917. It belongs to The #metropolitanmuseumofart in #newyork. She is one of several #nudes the #artist executed between 1916 and 1919, seven of which were famously exhibited in his first (and only) solo #exhibition in #paris in 1917, which got shut down for obscenity (boobs and beavers in shop windows simply will not do). She exists because she was created, Pygmalion-style, by #modigliani for his friend and dealer, Léopold Zborowski. Either because he wanted a handful of saucy #paintings to add to his wank bank or, more likely, because he knew he’d be able to sell them quickly and for a great profit. #sexsells, as we know all too well. Poor Modigliani worked for a tiny stipend of between 15 and 20 francs a day (albeit with a free studio, models and materials) to make this sensational body of work. Examples of which, today, sell for silly prices. The following year the sickly, alcoholic #modigliani would, once again, fall ill, however, this time, he would not recover. He died, destitute, #otd in 1920. He was 35. #mcwrip#art#modernart#nude
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John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Madame X, 1884, @metmuseum (photo by @todayisartday)
👰🏻 Madame Gautreau was an American socialite who was famous for her beauty. She moved to Paris, where she married a rich banker, and became the talk of the town for her rumored infidelities. This "professional beauty" used her looks to advance socially and became an object of fascination for artists.
👨🎨 But painter John Singer Sargent had a hard time painting his model! This social butterfly was too distracted to sit still for her portrait. Sargent complained of "the unpaintable beauty and hopeless laziness of Madame Gautreau." In fact, it took him a whole year to complete the painting!
😮 Still, he thought a portrait of Gautreau would garner attention at the upcoming Paris Salon… And it did! People were shocked and scandalized when they first saw the model’s bare arms and plunging neckline. Sargent even had to repaint a shoulder strap so the dress looked more decent.
🤔 What’s your take on this scandalous painting? Let me know in the comments!
24 7351:49 PM Dec 18, 2018
Pişmiş topraktan (terrakotta) yapılma bir Siren. Arkaik Yunan Dönemi. MÖ 550-500 civarı. Metropolitan Müzesi.
Sirenler: Yunan Mitolojisinde yarı kuş yarı kadın formunda deniz iblisleri olup, denizcileri söyledikleri şarkıların güzelliğiyle cezbettikten sonra kendilerinden geçen kurbanlarını kayalıklara doğru çekerek, teknelerinin batmasını sağlayıp, denize düşenleri parçalayıp yediklerine inanılmaktaydı.
______ 🇬🇧 Terracotta statuette of a siren. Archaic Greek Period. ca. 550–500 B.C. Sirens are mythical creatures famous in antiquity for their song, which lured sailors to their death. Sanctuaries to the sirens are known to have existed in parts of South Italy and Sicily, as the geographer Strabo and other ancient writers tell us. This large, hand-modeled sculpture with applied decoration may well have been a votive offering at such a sanctuary.
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“Perdita” by Frederick Sandys
3 2041:45 PM Jan 12, 2019
#VanGogh of the Day: First Steps (after Millet), January 1890. Oil on canvas, 72.4 x 91.2 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.