Paintings of naked women, usually by clothed men, are suddenly sitting very uncomfortably on gallery walls. Male artists wonder whether they can work with the female form, while the world questions what their intentions were in the first place. By Michael Slenske. And the question of the moment has become: Is it still an artistically justifiable pursuit for a man to paint a naked woman?
Painting a seated pose may offer an interesting position without being overly complex. Reclining poses are beautiful to paint, but can result in some tricky foreshortening as well as being harder to return the pose to exactly where it was after each break. If it feels daunting to paint a full figure, you may wish to crop it partly.
A figure painting is a work of fine art in any of the painting media with the primary subject being the human figure, whether clothed or nude. Figure painting may also refer to the activity of creating such a work. The human figure has been one of the constant subjects of art since the first stone age cave paintings, and has been reinterpreted in various styles throughout history. Unlike figure drawings which are usually nudes, figure paintings are often historical , mythological , allegorical or imaginary depictions that may have figures in appropriate costumes.