Victorian nude paintings

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He was the first significant British painter of nudes and still lifes. Born in York , he left school at the age of 12 to become an apprentice printer in Hull. He completed his apprenticeship seven years later and moved to London, where in he joined the Royal Academy Schools. There he studied under Thomas Lawrence and trained by copying works by other artists. Etty earned respect at the Royal Academy of Arts for his ability to paint realistic flesh tones, but had little commercial or critical success in his first few years in London. Etty's Cleopatra's Arrival in Cilicia , painted in , featured numerous nudes and was exhibited to great acclaim.

'Victorian' paintings

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Oil on canvas. Victorian attitudes to painting the nude were complex, and artists had to tread a careful line between acceptability and provocation. English painting lacked a tradition of tackling the nude — portraits, landscapes and still-lives being preferred in cooler Protestant climes. In the s, many British artists started to train on the continent, and imported a tradition of painting classical nudes in the manner of Ingres: flawless, sculptural, and unreal in their perfection. Solomon tantalises his audience however, by giving Aphrodite a very contemporary Edwardian coiffure, and the possibility that she might, Pygmalion-like, step through the picture plane. John William Godward , A mouse in the work basket ,

Victorian Nude Paintings

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