A century of Nudes


A century of Nudes

Friday, 23 November 2012

A panorama of Nudes from Modern Art to present day

Ever since the beginning of time and in all civilisations, the human body has been a subject of fascination.
As a major theme of artistic creation, it has been depicted over and over since Prehistoric ages. Many famous masterpieces depict nudity: The Birth of Venus by Botticelli, The Origin of the World by Courbet, The Young Ladies of Avignon by Picasso or The Thinker by Rodin, just to mention a few.

For a long time, the human body was shown in an ideal form, following strict and specific rules of representation. Since the end of the 19th Century, with the emergence of photography, artists portray the human body the way it really is, sometimes in a merciless manner.

At the beginning of the 20th Century, everything changes again and with the painting by Picasso The Young Ladies of Avignon, the nude strays from reality. Since then, anything is possible: the representation of the human body is constrained only by the imagination of its creator. Nudity epitomizes freedom: it is a way of showing everything, the inside as well as the outside, the best as well as the worst of the human being.

Opera Gallery Geneva is pleased to present a panorama of nudes in art from the beginning of the 20th Century to present day. This exhibition encompasses over 40 pieces coming from all over the world. With the human body as a common theme, the viewer will be able to appreciate different techniques (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, lithography) as well as different styles (Pop art, School of Paris, Contemporary Asian art, Free figuration, surrealism, Nouveau Realisme, Street art…).