Etty was the first English artist of note to paint nudes, and while critics admired his technique, the art world and the public alike were scandalized by his subject matter. He decided to quiet critics by painting a piece with a strong moral message. It also included quite a bit of nudity.
Nude painting is an age old artistic tradition from prehistoric times to the present day. It was in ancient Greece that the representation of the nude in art was glorified: the bodily perfection of the gods and the divine could be seen in the statues and the frescoes. The representation of the nude in works of art was, at the time, a very common practice, artists would idealize the body of their models to create a vision of perfect beauty.
Figure painting is very similar in technique to figure drawing, an art form most often done with pencil, ink, or crayon. In fact, many painters use sketches done during a figure drawing session as the basis for their work painting art nudes. Although the term figure painting is used to refer to a painting in progress, the artist's finished work is more often simply known as a figure study, portrait, or nude.
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Positioning: First Kreutz lays in a rough approximation of the general shape of the model. At this stage Kreutz finds that turning the visual information into simple, readable geometric shapes is helpful. Rough-In: Kreutz then gets a little more specific with the rendering and, after that, roughs in the background.
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Painting a seated pose may offer an interesting position without being overly complex. Reclining poses are beautiful to paint, but can result in some tricky foreshortening as well as being harder to return the pose to exactly where it was after each break. If it feels daunting to paint a full figure, you may wish to crop it partly.
The nude figure is a tradition in Western artand has been used to express ideals of male and female beauty and other human qualities. It was a central preoccupation of Ancient Greek artand after a semi-dormant period in the Middle Ages returned to a central position in Western art with the Renaissance. Athletes, dancers, and warriors are depicted to express human energy and life, and nudes in various poses may express basic or complex emotions such as pathos. Unclothed figures often also play a part in other types of art, such as history paintingincluding allegorical and religious artportraitureor the decorative arts.