Tuesday, March 13, 2012

More pigheaded opinions...

by Kate Long Stevenson
The figural nude above is by artist Kate Long Stevenson and I pinned it to one of my boards on Pinterest just last weekend. I have actually seen it before and I really admire her art overall.
What is still needling me is the comment that a previous pinner used to describe it. It was something like,"Finally, a family-friendly figure painting."

REALLY?!
I grew up with this...

Painting by Elisabeth Iddings - my grandmother

hanging in full view of most guests.
There were the occasional snickers from other children, mostly boys, but it I never remember thinking it was obscene.
Are we really so Victorian and prudish that our bodies are shameful?
I am guessing the person who wrote that considers nudity and pornography to be one and the same.
Also by Elisabeth "Lysie" Iddings
Exactly how many details does this person think should be left out for it to be "clean"?
None of the vastly detailed nude paintings in a museum are meant to be titillating and neither are the more abstract versions where "naughty bits" are less obvious.
I don't want to tell anyone how think or live but I question this logic.
I wonder how Ms. Stevenson would feel about that description.
I find it annoying.
Just another one of my opinions...
feel free to disagree and tell me so.

4 comments:

My Crafty Home-Life said...

I'm surprised you are surprised. I think it fall in line with people's opinions on breast-feeding in public.

Kris said...

I agree with My Crafty Home-Life. Nudes by artists aren't considered porn... at least to me. One might ask themselves if this person IS looking for a family-friendly figure painting why is she looking at nudes to begin with? There are definitely "other" family friendly figure paintings other than nudes.

Go figure!

The Pink Pagoda said...

There are lots of people on Pinterest from all over the world, but I'd bet that pinner was from the US!

heather (love your space) said...

I used to have a huge (I mean HUGE) nude line drawing over the bed in my room. It was of me, pregnant (from the back, though), from a photo taken by my husband. I never thought much about it until we put our house on the market and I realized that it probably had to go!

Overall though, I think people are pretty prudish about art, which is a shame. There's so much art that CELEBRATES the body (while so much popular culture vulgarizes it.)