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Saturday, September 22, 2007

The nude in art and the art in the nude

Written after a visit to the art gallery

Naked I sleep, and naked I rise;
Naked I eat my toast;
Naked I look through a journal or book,
Naked I fetch the bills in the post.

Nakedly nakedly nakedly naked
Nakedly nakedly nake.

I stride, nakedly, through scenes allegorical,
Nakedly strumming my lute;
I relax nakedly on the stream in my coracle,
Nakedly playing my flute.

Nakedly nakedly nakedly naked
Nakedly nakedly nake.

Naked I lead the troops into war!
Nakedly naked I am in defeat;
And sometimes, for no reason at all, I walk naked
Through the non-naked crowds in the street

Nakedly nakedly nakedly naked
Nakedly nakedly nake.

26 comments:

nailpolishblues said...

Not enough people do things naked. Or, at least, they don't do enough things naked. I can understand that in a place like Melbourne nudity, or taking off one's clothes at all,is probably seldom practiced. Such a shame.

P.S. Naked war sounds like fun.

TimT said...

Yep.

TimT said...

Oh, and Melbournians made up for it somewhat when professional fraud - ahem, sorry, conceptual artist Spencer Tunick visited us a few years ago.

nailpolishblues said...

Yeah thanks, Tim, I wanted to look at tits. Not quite the image I had in my mind's eye - I much prefer mine.

You have an incredible memory for your previous posts.

Caz said...

She's only topless, not naked.

The painting, that is, not Nails.

Caz said...

Although, Nails could easily be topless or naked, how the hell would I know?

nailpolishblues said...

It's rather cold here today, so neither topless nor naked anywhere else.

alexis said...

Terrible risk of sunburn.

TimT said...

It's an artistic representation of Liberty, so I think she's acting like a libertine.

One of the captions to a painting I saw yesterday was interesting. The painting in question was some early-Christian story about Christians being tied up in chains before being fed to the lions in the arena. Anyway, the picture had two Christians - naked, in chains - lying on the floor of a gaol cell. The caption read:

"Naked women in chains was a subject which held a peculiar fascination for ___ ____ and he returned to it repeatedly durng his career."

I wonder why that could be?

This artist would have made an excellent artist for the Conan the Barbarian books.

TimT said...

This artist would have made an excellent artist

Not one of my best sentences!

Mish said...

This poem should be on the syllabus for year 10 English.

TimT said...

God knows what they'd make of lines like 'nakedly playing my flute'...!

nailpolishblues said...

Probably what the rest of us did.

TimT said...

I suppose it depends whether it was a transverse or a fipple flute.

nailpolishblues said...

I really don't think it would matter.

TimT said...

Alternative lines:

Nakedly fiddling
Nakedly playing the French Horn
Nakedly blowing the Faggotti
Nakedly playing 'Air on a G String'
Nakedly doing some deep Tuvan throat singing, as opposed to nakedly deep-throating a Tuvan while singing

TimT said...

Sir Thomas Beecham once said of a rather poor regional cellist from Brisbane:

"My dear. You have between your legs an instrument that can bring joy to millions of people. Yet all you can do is sit there and scratch it."

Sir Thomas Beecham, evidently a model of tact!

TimT said...

Oh, and also, Sir Eugene Goossens, who for a while conducted Australian orchestras, once got barred from this country for carrying some porn mags with him. Caused a big scandal at the time, apparently.

nailpolishblues said...

11.22 would change things somewhat.

Keep in mind that we are a country that banned Lady Chatterley - not for the appalling writing but for the appalling sex scenes.

Steve said...

A bit off topic, except it does have to do with nakedness, I was surprised to read this in Slate's "Explainer" section last week, in answer to the question as to whether it is a bad idea for parents to let their kids see them naked:

"Chances are good that a 2- or 3-year-old won't form any lasting memories of seeing his parents in their birthday suits.

Seeing your parents au naturel can be confusing for older kids who are more curious about bodies and sexuality. A child might wonder why a parent's genitals look different from his own; he might feel inferior by comparison, or jealous; and he might be a bit frightened of the size and hair. Too much exposure might also overstimulate a child, stirring up sexual excitement along with Oedipal anxiety."

I don't think whoever wrote this has an appreciation of just how America-centric it is. Generations of Japanese and Scandinavian kids have not had Oedipal anxiety by seeing their parents' pubic hair or penis.

I think the nudism movement in the West is pretty weird, with its idea that you can sensibly be naked all day; and it is not as separated from sex as its proponents proclaim.

The Japanese and Scandinavians, on the other hand, do genuinely have a way of separating nakedness from sex that seems quite healthy.

Mitzi G Burger said...

Anyone for a Japanese or Scandinavian raw fish banquet sans vestments?
Mish: I agree. I will place this commendable lyric ballad on the syllabus for next year.

Mitzi G Burger said...

The slogan for a certain Balmain (Syd) gym is "Look Better Naked". I haven't taken them up on this yet, but it has worked for my fellow flute-playing, throat-singing chained-up Kung Fu fighter.

nailpolishblues said...

Oh dear. I don't think any of my neuroses or possible fetishes have anything to do with my parents' fondness for hanging [literally, age is an awful thing] about sans clothing. Nor do I ever recall being jealous of either my mother's or my father's bits. One learns quickly to look people in the eye when speaking to them but that's about it.
In case you wondered, the reason my parents maintianed their nude habits beyond their children's infancy [aside from enjoyig being naked] is because my terribly rational father was concerned that we would develop complexes if what was once normal suddenly ceased to be okay.

TimT said...

As if kids would care if they see their parents naked! What a question to ask!

nailpolishblues said...

I's one thing at two, quite another as a teenager when you have to make sure that your parents are clothed before your friends can come into the house...

I do hate the phrase 'birthday suit'. So prudish.

TimT said...

It's clever, but. There's an A D Hope poem that ends with the line 'As first a poet buttoned on his skin'.

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