Let’s: Talk About Art (Nudes & Kids)

March 2, 2015


Let’s … talk about art. Specifically nudes. I like them in the bedroom and bathrooms. I’m sure there’s a Freud joke in here somewhere.

I’m looking for a pair to go over my bed, on a wall I’m about to paint navy, that will be seen from the door to the bedroom and partially in the hallway. I seem to be filtering my decision through the “I have kids” lens, which is frustrating me. (The lens, not the kids. Well, at least not today.) While I am not a prude in terms of the human body and how it is artistically represented, I do have my limits, even in a museum setting. As I told BestFriendWendy during a recent trip to Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, “That’s a lot of vagina for a Sunday morning.”

And it was.

In general I have issues with figurative paintings where faces are seen. Not so much because I feel like I’m being watched, but because I feel like a figurative painting has a “life” or “soul” and that person needs to be invited into my home. She or he is going to live there with me, so you can imagine the pressure of choosing a permanent roommate.

With nudes, I generally favor the minimalistic approach – lines, some shading, but not truly realistic. I prefer the artistic interpretation of a body in space, not a representation of the actual form. I think it’s because I still believe that a bit of mystery in revealing the body is inherently more sensual than seeing every last inch in graphic detail.

So, I’m considering these two groupings of nudes. In the first group, likely just the top and bottom right, for spacing purposes. They are very different approaches, but I still like them both for different reasons.

What’s frustrating me at the moment is the second, more colorful set. The colors are bolder, the figures more voluptuous, but the poses could be considered slightly more erotic. And here is the question:

Can I hang these in my bedroom and be okay with the kids, and likely the kids’ friends, seeing them?

I don’t know yet. I may come to the conclusion that the bold colors would eventually drive me insane day after day (I spend a great deal of time in my bedroom) and I would end up moving them to another room in the house.

But, for now — what say you?

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3 Responses to “Let’s: Talk About Art (Nudes & Kids)”

  1. Knighton Says:

    I’m completely with you on nudes and their faces, but my absolute favorite usage of a nude in a home was at a friend’s flat in Paris. — A large, wall-sized study, basic lines and shadows, charcoal on paper. Of said friend. Above the sofa in her living room. It. Was. Amazing.

    In our home, I have a small print of Toulouse Lautrec’s Femme à sa toilette hanging in our bathroom. I love it.

  2. Anastasia McDonnell Says:

    Oh yes, the Kids Lens vs. Art. I’ve struggled with the same thing. I can objectively stand back and say that I’d like to be laid-back enough to display such nudes (re: the bottom, colorful, and not-vague paintings you posted) in my bedroom/bathroom, and that I’m completely okay with such lovely & comfortably evocative pieces becoming part of the peripheral landscape of my children’s lives. Art [and our bodies]! Is! Awesome!
    But then, I look again – and I have to admit that they’re not only lovely, but also pretty sexy stuff. Sex exists, and it’s wonderful, and it is *your* room…

    I am rambling and not helping, but as a closer, I think there needs to be a sense of power in the figures. I think the gal on the bottom right has that, whereas the gal on her belly doesn’t come across the same to me. So I’d tuck her a little further back in my bathroom. 😉

  3. Jen Says:

    Completely off topic here.. I just wanted to say how glad I was to find you again. I used to follow your blog for a very long time. I got away from the blogging thing altogether a few years ago. I looked up an old blog of mine and was perusing all of the blogs I used to haunt. A lot of them are no longer. Glad to see you’re still here! I cannot get over Swimmy. She is STUNNING. And.. grown. *sigh* 😉