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US Artist wins BP Portrait Award with Nude

Not strictly naturist, but the winner of this year’s BP Portrait Award has been announced. NY-based artist Aleah Chapin’s Auntie is a full-length portrait of an “older” woman. The portrait is just one of a series of portraits of women created by Ms Chapin, all of whom are real and not altered to appear ‘perfect’.

You can see the picture by going to The Independent article, or to the artist’s website.

The nude has been a staple of artists for centuries of course, but does this selection signify that society is becoming used to the naked body, and is it a good thing? Does it improve our chances to gain greater acceptance for naturism, or do you think nothing has changed? Tell us what you think.

One Response to US Artist wins BP Portrait Award with Nude

  • The art world, which as you say has been dealing with the nude for ages, is not the rest of society. Indeed, when society engages with art, it is on a different basis to more usual standards. This particular portrait, whilst being striking, beautiful and honest, doesn’t say anything much about anyone’s attitude to the body. My guess is that had it appeared at any time in the last 20 years it would have been lauded. It’s artistic predecessors seem to encompass household names like Manet (direct gaze of the nude), Hockney (studies of older relatives) and Freud (ditto, with added frankness and intensity). Having said all that, it (the art world) does have the potential to lead public taste.

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