Nude Painting Or Bodyart

By P Chong

"The naked Maja" by Goya

Nude painting has come a long way since my college days in 1959/60 when I first set my eyes on the “Naked Maja” by Francesco Goya (1746-1828), the famous Spanish painter. Known in Spanish as “a maja desnuda”, it is an an oil canvas painting portraying a nude woman reclining on a bed of pillows. It was executed some time between 1797 and 1800, and is sometimes said to be the first clear depiction of female pubic hair in a large Western painting. The painting is in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

As can be seen from the above picture, the beauty & physical attributes of the model (whoever she was) are somewhat of a different standard from the present norm.

Chinese Artist Paints Daughter As An Oriental Goddess

I am not an artist, but I notice that nude painting has evolved into a bodyart form. Not content to just presenting & displaying nude paintings on canvases, artists have developed an art on nude female bodies.

BodyPainting - Chinese Art

From my previous article “Flashing Feminine Wares For Masculine Stare & Dare!” (9 August 2009), you might remember some of these similar pictures.

These female models in the nude displayed classic Chinese paintings on their bodies at the 8th China (Zibo) International Ceremics Expo. Similar attempts have been seen at Motor Vehicle Exhibitions. Would you call this “sexploitation”?


Some artists are rather skilfull in presenting & displaying their art works. Here are some of the very best bodyart – could you perceive a naked model in each of the faces of the tiger?

Artist at Work