The Knidian Aphrodite

"14. Europa's kiss is sweet though it reach only to the lips, though it but lightly touch the mouth. But she touches not with the edge of the lips; with her mouth cleaving close she drains the soul from the finger-tips.

15. Where is now Praxiteles? Where are the hands of Polycleitus, that gave life to the works of ancient art? Who shall mould Melite's scented ringlets, or her fiery eyes and the splendour of her neck? Where are the modellers, the carvers in stone? Such beauty, like the image of a god, deserved a temple."

RUFINUS, From the Greek Anthology, book V, Loeb Ed.

A Tumblr about the NUDE & the BODY, especially FEMALE.
de-profundis-clamavi:

Emil Nolde, Danse macabre, 1918,Gravure sur cuivre - 21 x 26 cm, Neukirchen, Stiftung Seebüll Ada und Emil Nolde

de-profundis-clamavi:

Emil Nolde, Danse macabre, 1918,Gravure sur cuivre - 21 x 26 cm, Neukirchen, Stiftung Seebüll Ada und Emil Nolde

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hismarmorealcalm:

Gustav Heinrich Eberlein (1847- 1926) Marble sculpture “Boy removing a thorn”  Old National Gallery Berlin.

hismarmorealcalm:

Gustav Heinrich Eberlein (1847- 1926) Marble sculpture “Boy removing a thorn”  Old National Gallery Berlin.

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manpodcast:

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast leads off with Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Timothy O. Benson.

Benson is the curator of "Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky." The show reveals how expressionism, typically considered a German movement, had its roots in late 19th-century French art and then presents how central European artists discovered, learned from and expanded upon developments in France. 

It’s on view through September 14. The exhibition’s catalogue, published by Prestel, is terrific. Amazon offers it for $50.

The artwork at the top of this post is the most important painting of the 20th century: Henri Matisse’s Blue Nude, Memory of Biskra (1907). It isn’t in Benson’s show, but it’s influence is evident and often overt. Included here are some of the many ways artists engaged with Blue Nude. All are in “Expressionism in Germany in France.” From top-to-bottom:

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Dodo Playing with Her Fingers (1909). Collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum;

Erich Heckel, Scene in the Woods (1910), Plate 2 of the portfolio “Die Brucke VI (1911), Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art;

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Reclining Nude in Front of Mirror (1909-10). Collection of Brucke Museum; and

Max Pechstein, Dancers and Bathers at a Forest Pond, 1912. Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

How to listen to this week’s show: Listen to or download this week’s program above, on SoundCloudvia direct-link mp3, or subscribe to The MAN Podcast (for free) at:

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blastedheath:

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Combat de faune et de centaure, 24 August 1946. Ink drawing, 49 x 63.5 cm.

blastedheath:

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Combat de faune et de centaure, 24 August 1946. Ink drawing, 49 x 63.5 cm.

blastedheath:

Georges Braque (1882-1963), Eurybia & Eros, 1953. Etching on Arches, 36.5 x 29.7 cm.

blastedheath:

Georges Braque (1882-1963), Eurybia & Eros, 1953. Etching on Arches, 36.5 x 29.7 cm.