Since we all had such a fun and spirited time discussing and looking at the female subjects of William-Adolphe Bouguereau in the previous post, I thought I might be quite the clever girl and post a little counterpoint. I chose a few images from some of the dominant modernists who likely contributed so decisively to Bouguereau’s “demise” in the 20th century.
We’ve all agreed that art follows fashions and trends, sometimes to our pleasure, other times to our dismay. But we art lovers can also feel great satisfaction in the broad scope of art movements over the centuries, and feel awe over the sheer diversity of styles, concepts, aesthetics, and visions that have been expressed by artists. So does anything stay the same? Is anything constant? Does anything withstand the endless progression and evolution of art through the ages? The answer is yes, one thing. The female nude. And you know what that means, don’t you? It means I will continue to have a job 🙂
Here are a few contrasting depictions of female nudes, and every one of them was created just three short years after Bouguereau’s death. My how things change! The art world wastes no time.
Georges Braque, Le Grand Nu, 1908:
Marc Chagall, Red Nude, 1908:
Nude, by Picasso, again from 1908:
The revolution was underway . . .