That Time I Got Naked in a Room Full of Strangers

It’s not quite what you think…

Nikki Tate
May 13, 2019 · 12 min read
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Odalisque by Eugene Delacroix, c. 1825 [Source: https://www.wikiart.org/en/eugene-delacroix/odalisque-1825-1]

“No daughter of mine is going to get naked in front of a room full of strangers.”

When you grow up with an artist and a photographer as parents, the nude as a subject for art is about as interesting a concept as trees, grass, hunting hounds, or sailing ships as subjects for art. As in, it wasn’t particularly noteworthy.

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Two Nudes in the Forest (the Earth Itself) by Frida Kahlo, 1939 [Source: https://www.wikiart.org/en/frida-kahlo/two-nudes-in-the-forest-the-earth-itself-1939]

Long Poses are the Most Painful

Just because I’d try to find as comfortable a position as possible to settle into for the long haul didn’t mean they were easy to hold.

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Nude by Edvard Munch, 1896 [Source: https://www.wikiart.org/en/edvard-munch/nude-1896]
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Nude Seated on the Grass by Moise Kisling, 1950 [Source: https://www.wikiart.org/en/moise-kisling/nude-seated-on-the-grass-1950]

And now these great parents of mine were trying to tell me that I couldn’t take this artsy part-time job?

On Tuesday evening, I showed up for a community extension class run by the college with my legs freshly shaved and my robe at the ready.

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Life Class at the École des Beaux-Arts (Fauvist Nude) by Albert Marquet, 1898 [Source: https://www.wikiart.org/en/albert-marquet/life-class-at-the-cole-des-beaux-arts-fauvist-nude-1898]
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Contour Drawing by Egon Schiele [Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6939495]
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Art Class Three Men by William H. Johnson, 1939 [Source: https://www.wikiart.org/en/william-h-johnson/art-class-three-men-1939]
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Four Sketches of a Foot, by Vincent van Gogh, 1886 [https://www.wikiart.org/en/vincent-van-gogh/four-sketches-of-a-foot-1886]

ALL-ART: Art for All and All for Art

Art inspires, entertains, challenges, and delights.

Nikki Tate

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Author, creativity coach, storyteller exploring the world living the dream Let’s talk writing — book a call: https://bit.ly/Call4Writers TheNexusGeneration.net

ALL-ART: Art for All and All for Art

Art inspires, entertains, challenges, and delights. Reflections on the subject of art, artists, and art-lovers.

Nikki Tate

Written by

Author, creativity coach, storyteller exploring the world living the dream Let’s talk writing — book a call: https://bit.ly/Call4Writers TheNexusGeneration.net

ALL-ART: Art for All and All for Art

Art inspires, entertains, challenges, and delights. Reflections on the subject of art, artists, and art-lovers.

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