ARDOR 48? x 36?, acrylic on canvas © A.D. Cook
The living model, the naked body of a woman, is the privileged seat of feeling, but also of questioning
The model must mark you, awaken in you an emotion which you seek in turn to express.
When an artist or student draws a nude figure with painstaking care, the result is drawing, and not emotion.
The nude, if you tackle it, is a very fascinating subject, especially for a woman.
LUX mixed-media © A.D. Cook
Traditionally the Nude was used to express formulations about life as larger-than-life, as Heroic or Ideal The nude is not a genre subject.
Painting figures is the hardest, certainly the most taxing genre, and you have to be the most on your game.
If you have significant drawing problems, the figure will fall apart and it will read wrong emotionally.
Nakedness reveals itself. Nudity is placed on display. The nude is condemned to never being naked. Nudity is a form of dress.
SOLITAIRE 24? x 72?, acrylic on canvas © A.D. Cook
To be naked is to be oneself. To be nude is to be seen naked by others and yet not recognized for oneself.
It matters not what kind of figure-pictures he [the artist] wishes to paint, he will never be able to draw the figure properly, whether draped or otherwise, unless he has gone through a preliminary course of study from the nude.
Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism.
Art is about showing and seeing: to show that which is concealed, to see what was veiled, is fundamentally gripping.
In celebration of the female nude, Ive assembled a selection of great quotes about beauty and the nakedness of women, their role as Muse and their eternal contribution to the arts. Ive sprinkled a few of my paintings to express my appreciation for the muse in the best way I know how.
A. D. Cook
Guest blog by artist A. D. Cook