Oil on canvas. Victorian attitudes to painting the nude were complex, and artists had to tread a careful line between acceptability and provocation. English painting lacked a tradition of tackling the nude — portraits, landscapes and still-lives being preferred in cooler Protestant climes. In the s, many British artists started to train on the continent, and imported a tradition of painting classical nudes in the manner of Ingres: flawless, sculptural, and unreal in their perfection.
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Exposed: The Victorian Nude and
Press Release 1 May Victorian Britain remains notorious for its prudery, and the representation of the nude figure was one of the most controversial issues of the time. However, the nude was one of the most conspicuous categories of visual image at every level, from mass-produced photographs to Royal Academy paintings. Exposed will be the first exhibition to survey the full range of the Victorian nude, both male and female. It will concentrate on the nude in painting, drawing and sculpture, but will also explore other media, including photography, popular illustration and film. The exhibition will examine these works in relation to issues of morality, sexuality and desire that remain as relevant today as they were in Victorian times. While cutting across the conventional categories of style and period, these themes suggest a historical narrative that encompasses an astonishing variety of Victorian art.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Post a Comment. With Queen Victoria's famous era of covering up the female body, with its huge hoop skirts and suffocating corsets, it seems a miracle that painters of her era managed to get so many nipples and dimpled bums into their paintings. So what did Victorian painters do to get around the rules of Victorian straightjacket morality and allow their voluptuous female nudes full reign to run a mock?
Museum no. According to their own testimonies, many people born in the Victorian age were both factually uninformed and emotionally frigid about sexual matters. Historically, it appeared that the licentious behaviour and attitudes of the Regency period had been replaced by a new order of puritan control and repression - personified by the censorious figure of Mrs Grundy - which was imposed by the newly dominant bourgeoisie, steadily permeated all classes, and lasted well into the 20th century. Then a hypocritical 'shadow side' to this public denial was glimpsed, in the 'secret world' of Victorian prostitution and pornography, and more openly in the 'naughty nineties'. These perspectives were contested by the French scholar Michel Foucault reminding us that Victorian attitudes were not confined to Britain , who argued that sex was not censored but subject to obsessive discussion as a central discourse of power, bent on regulation rather than suppression.