Why Artists’ Models Seldom Wear Clothes

People who are not artists ask me why I paint so many people in the nude. Why don’t I paint clothes on them so they can hang them on their walls?

First, the standard response: I can’t paint a person in clothes well if I don’t understand the muscle and bone structure under the clothes. And I can’t understand that structure unless I draw and paint nudes over and over again in many positions.

But the second answer is, I love painting the nude human body. There is an honesty and a vulnerable beauty to it that is incomparable. And in the studio there is an air of respect and consideration for the model.

Nudity is not erotica. For me, is an instant link with the viewer who can find in the quiet figure his or her own identity.

Male Model Resting
Male Model Resting

 

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