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A revealing look at the history of nudes in Western art

An M.F. Husain Cubist figural nude oil painting achieved $11,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2021. Image courtesy of Greenwich Auction and LiveAuctioneers.

An M.F. Husain Cubist figural nude oil painting achieved $11,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2021. Image courtesy of Greenwich Auction and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — The nude in the canon of Western art has a complicated and interesting history. Paleolithic fertility sculptures embodied the essence of physicality and ancient Greek sculptures highlighted the virility and power of the male figure. Moving up to the Renaissance era, nude paintings of women were typically inspired by antiquity but often took on allegorical or symbolic meanings. Cultural traditions and philosophies are just some of the factors affecting how nude figures in art were viewed and depicted.

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Suzanne Valadon, ‘Marie Coca and Her Daughter Gilberte,’ 1913. Musee des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, purchased from the artist, 1937. © 2021 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/Image © DeA Picture Library/Art Resource, NY

Barnes to host first major US exhibition of Suzanne Valadon paintings

Suzanne Valadon, ‘Marie Coca and Her Daughter Gilberte,’ 1913. Musee des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, purchased from the artist, 1937. © 2021 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/Image © DeA Picture Library/Art Resource, NY

Suzanne Valadon, ‘Marie Coca and Her Daughter Gilberte,’ 1913. Musee des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, purchased from the artist, 1937. © 2021 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/Image © DeA Picture Library/Art Resource, NY

PHILADELPHIA –This fall, the Barnes Foundation will present Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, the first exhibition dedicated to the French artist and model Suzanne Valadon at a major US arts institution. It will open on September 26 and continue through January 9, 2022.

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