Blush in the Nude
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt
|Edgar Degas, La Toilette (1884-86) Private Collection|
Although Degas is best known for his frothy depictions of ballet dancers, the exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston offers a rare survey of the more PG-13 and R rated artworks in his oeuvre. The academic study of the nude figure was necessary for Degas to draw his realistic ballet dancers; however, this collection of art, which largely remained within the artist's own private collection, shows examples of brothel scenes, pornographic depictions of prostitutes with their clients as well as the more demure bathers.
|Degas and the Nude thru Feb. 5, 2012|
at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
The brothel scenes are done in an intimate size as monotypes. These small works are beautifully framed and quite erotic showing both prostitutes with their clients as well as enjoying each other without them.
|Two Bathers on the Grass, about 1895|
Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)
*Paris, Musée d'Orsay
Many of the dancer paintings we are familiar with were created from live nude models. Degas added the tutus later. His work with the nude continues throughout his life largely unexhibited and unexamined. The influence of modern masters, Matisse and Picasso, can be seen in these later works. In the end, Degas loses all pretense of depicting women in modern life and showing his nude women in a realistic scenes, such as bathing, and shows the nude women on abstract color planes.
See related blog post: Degas Day Trips
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