This piece was not about whether or not models enjoy posing nude. It was about whether or not the nudity is artistically necessary, whether or not it tells a story or makes a painting or drawing or sculpture more beautiful, more interesting — all highly subjective critiques.

And I don’t know if models enjoy posing nude or not. That would be for each model to say. Financial compensation? Validation of the human form? Affirmation of the beauty they find in their own physical form?

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Manet’s The Lunch on the Grass is another example of “why are the men fully clothed but the women are unnecessarily, and possibly inconveniently, naked for the depicted activity?” I suppose it distracts me most in realist paintings.

Yet I need no explanation for inexplicable female nudity in more abstract or surrealist paintings like this favorite of mine by my Nana. There is a simple beauty in the shapes, colors and contours even if the composition violates the rule of thirds.

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But sometimes it’s just to embarrass your friend on a hilarious prank TV show.

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