Saturday, January 16, 2010


painting by Max Beckmann
painting by Alice Neel
painting by Roger Fry

There are many beautiful paintings of seated women: seductive nudes, wealthy patrons in satin and velvet, bejeweled royalty, idealized muses and the tender Blessed Mother. The portraits that embody intelligence and intensity always stand out from the others; they transcend lust, status and perfection and are more compelling as a result.

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