Nudes and Figures
Nudes and figures
A figurative work of art has always been attractive to the author and the viewer of the subject. An individual and their presence in a specific or abstract space creates living compositions – an aesthetically beautiful body, a psychologically interesting portrait, pairs, groups and parties are much loved and feature predominantly in art. The individual as an inspiring physical object or as a part of a much grander idea, the reason for what is taking place in the world surrounding them.
The figures in the pictures are characters, to be viewed undisturbed from the outside or through whom to look more deeply inside oneself. Models become passive or active in the communication chain of art, intermediaries who are more or less aware, via whom the layers and nucleus of being human are struck – environment and context, poses and expressions, clothed or not.
If one looks at compositions with nudes, then these don't always speak about the person posing, but are rather a form of motivation, in order to express the mastery of the artist. Portraits are considered to be one of the most complicated genres on which to judge a professional. Yet, figurative works carry within them the generalisations of their period, preconceptions of people and the ideals or actualities of being human. Figures, nudes, and portraits are frequently storytellers. The face and expression of the model may be marked, anonymous, carrying in it some greater meaning than simply the depiction of someone.
Figures in art have been handled ultra-realistically as well as completely abstractly, marked as an impression, or depicted cubistically, where the person can be viewed as a set of structures. Expressed in all of this is the aesthetic of art history, that which was preferred in one period or another, but also simply human reality. Paintings depict familiar figures in either the glory of formal solitude or embedded in the world of the everyday, the historic, the mythological or that of religious allegory.
In the context of the present day, and displayed on the walls of our homes, the figure is a very attractive change of pace from landscapes and city views or still lifes. Figurative compositions enliven spaces of every kind and create bridges between the people of different times. A person today speaks of a world today that is recognisable and similarly experienced. Or we look back today at the decades gone by, understanding that regardless of the changes to the decorations of the periods, the nature of people remains unchanged, that our longings, ideals, and aspirations actually span the ages.