Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Nude Art - Yes or No?

How do you feel about (presumably tasteful) nude art displayed in the home?

From Lonny Magazine
My first instinct is to say, "No problem." When I was a kid, I visited a lot of Chicago museums with my parents. They were comfortable viewing Greek and Roman sculptures with me, and through their example I learned not to be prudish about art. But now I live in the south! And it's not just about what I think; I don't want my art to make my guests feel uncomfortable. When I visit friends' houses, I don't see any nudes hanging on the walls, except for maybe a kitschy topless J.H. Lynch piece.

I ask because I'm choosing art for the guest bedroom, and I want to use this print. Except, well, boobs. The image is a portrait of Kathleen Millay, drawn in 1925 by Joseph Stella. The original is part of Cheekwood's permanent collection, and I received this print (and many others) as a parting gift when I completed my grad school internship there. I've never displayed any of these gifted prints, but I think this one would be perfect in our guest room. The colors and even the Asian motif on her robe are just right. And I like that she is both feminine and strong. Look at that gaze--she is not a woman to be trifled with!

I really want to know what you think. What do you think of nudes on the wall in general? And would you be uncomfortable staying in a guest room with this picture on the wall? What if your children were staying with you? Would that change things?


  1. I love the piece you chose. I've never had a problem with nude art, but I do know people that get uncomfortable at the sight. I don't think you should worry about that piece though. I have a son and I wouldn't think twice about him seeing that image.

  2. I don't take issue with it, but my parents might. I have some B&W photos of statues that I took in the Tuileries in Paris, and there are male and female nudes. But in the context of the colors and the composition of the photos, it's not very "look at me" or anything.

  3. I'm totally fine with it. It's art! I think that piece you chose would be a great addition to your guest bedroom.

  4. i'm not bothered by it, and have had nudity on my walls before. BUT I know my husband's parents would FLIP! And his brother probably would too (i'm trying to think of people who might actually stay with us). I don' think that print would be a problem though. It's beautiful and tasteful and for some reason people seem more ok with books when there isn't a nipple. Silly. I say go for it!

    1. This is exactly what I was thinking about - hosting older relatives who might flip over a picture like that. I'm glad I'm not the only person who has relatives that might side-eye something like that!


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