The Nude in Art

I am extremely grateful to reader wnwd (see the comments section of the Anders Zorn posting) for pointing me (and, I suspect, an already missing in action for the next week or so Harry) in the direction of a website called La Conchiglia di Venere, dedicated to ‘The Nude in Art History’. I’ve bookmarked it, ‘wasted’ 40 minutes going through it (in the sense that my ‘waste of time’ was an enjoyable and educational period of time) and I suspect a) I’m going to be referencing it in future and b) posting several Harry photo sessions on a ‘SL replicates RL Art’ theme.

That’s one of the great pleasures of curating this website. Yes, we’re trying to cover SL naturism, but sometimes we get diverted from the main road, and meander down other avenues which help us to look at things in a different way, tie different kinds of themes together and, hopefully, keep the blog fresh. So thank you, wnwd, for your comments and assistance. I’m eternally grateful (even if it means I’ve maybe got a photographer missing in action for a period of time! ūüôā ).

Now, what the copyright entails regarding art, I’m not quite sure. I’d be clear in my head that sticking up a download link to a current pop song clearly and obviously would infringe copyright, but the position on Art I’d be much less clear about. Zorn died in 1920, and I note that Sweden’s copyright lasts for the length of the producer’s life plus 70 years, so I hope that reproducing it in our previous post doesn’t infringe copyright. I also note that copyright does permit what’s called ‘fair use’, i.e. for educational purposes, so how we stand there, I’m not quite sure.

On that basis I’m not going to reproduce any of the works of living artist Ray Caesar here, but rather point you in the direction of his page on the ‘Conchiglia’ website and ask you a question…just how close do you think some of his work resembles the photography on numerous SL (fashion) blogs?

If you’ve checked out the ‘Conchiglia’ entry for him, and the bottom of the four paintings reproduced there, entitled ‘Final Destination’, I think you have to agree that it could practically be an entry from an SL fashion blog (as in ‘Sunglasses…group gift at x, mesh coat… L$150 at, gloves and bag from z Accessories’). And this interests, excites and amuses me.

Caesar also has a pinterest page here, if you’d like to see more of his works.

I’ve only scratched the surface yet of what I think is going to be an extremely rich vein of inspiration for me and my photographer buddy.

Here’s the thing: I got up earlier with the intention of tidying up some posts and with a clear idea in my head of what I wanted to do, but wnwd’s comment has set me off down a different track, and I’ve now set aside the intended posts until the middle of the week to head off on a different direction, and that ‘different direction’ may still be making ripples by midweek because, in the back of my mind, I think we still have a ‘nude art gallery’ in SL, featuring works by RL artists…

I’ve no idea what Harry is plotting or planning, and I’ve not received any photos yet from what will inevitably spin off me sending him the link, so in the meantime here’s a couple of ‘art’ styled SLN type photographs.

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‘Midnight’, self-portrait by Diane Toxx

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‘Under the Bridge’, by Diane Toxx

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Something in the distance, by Diane Toxx


Heroes of naturism : Anders Zorn

I’d never heard of Swedish painter Anders Zorn until yesterday, when Harry passed me a link and asked for an opinion. His reasoning was that he felt the style would ideally suit a photo-session based on the photos below, and it’s impossible to disagree. (At this point, our Swedish readers are probably saying ‘Pah! National hero!’). I think Zorn captures an innocent sense of skinny dipping really well, with some of his work creating a sense of the very early days of the naturist movement. What do you think?

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The drawings (the sepia tinted ones)…I dunno…do they have a sense of being replicated from photographs?

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Anyway…in Harry’s words, ‘I found a programme online whereby you can turn photos, either from real life or Second Life, into pencil sketches, so I’ve applied that effect to a couple of photos, to try and replicate Zorn’s style or drawing. There’s a huge number of effects that can be applied to a photograph, and it’s a tool I’ll be using in future’.