Some of the greatest nude paintings we have are nudes, and most of the greatest nude paintings we have, such as Degas, Renoirs, and Paul Gauguins, had real models. They have a more lifelike power to them, a natural beauty that simply can’t come from the imaginings of an artist’s head. Even nudes where the beauty arguably comes from the airy lack of adherence to anatomy and physics had models. Take Bottecilli’s Venus for example. After all, the most beautiful liberties from anatomy don’t come from an ignorance of it but from and understanding. In order to break best break the rules, one must have the rules beside you. Thus, logicians and mathematicians make the best nonsense (Lewis Carol) and moralists write the best immoral characters (Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights. The point is: our most treasured nude art requires models. When we look at them, we are in essence looking at a representation of a real person’s naked body. Naturally, with photography, this becomes even more complicated. How does one create an image that is going to be exactly like a model without exciting lust? Granted, paintings excite lust as well, but many would say it is less likely.
So then, here’s the point. I’m mildly interested, have been for years now, in modeling. In practice, it’s unlikely I’ll invest the money and time. It’s just one of those things one vaguely considers doing now and again without much hope of doing it. However, if i one day did, I think I’d be interested in nude modeling. After all, where there’s an excellent nude painting, there’s an excellent model. Modeling is an art just as much as, well, art, and perhaps grossly under appreciated.
So, here’s my question. Is there anyone here with experience in nude modeling who would be comfortable talking about it? There were some now ancient threads on this, I realize, but those who replied, as far as I could see, either were nude photographers/sketchers or had no experience with nude art at all. With all due respect to nude artists, you have my admiration as much as any good artist, are there any models here who would like to voice their experience? After all, the sketcher’s or photographer’s experience is entirely different from the models. He or she may feel morally justified and comfortable, but is the model?
As I’ve made clear, I think the practice of nude modeling is entirely acceptable. However, I’m open to any and all opinions.