The sale also made the painting the second most expensive artwork ever sold at auction and is one of only 10 pieces of art to sell for a nine-figure sum. The Chinese collector told the New York Times he planned to exhibit the work in one of the two private museums he owns in Shanghai. Having dropped out of school, he started his professional life selling handbags on the street and then drove a taxi. He later went on to make billions on the Chinese stock market in the s and 90s, trading in real estate and pharmaceuticals. His taste in art ranges from ancient Chinese scrolls and imperial ceramics to contemporary western artists such as Jeff Koons and has so far filled his two museums with more than 2, pieces of art. Liu has openly spoken of his ambitions to create a Chinese museum that could rival the Guggenheim or MoMA in New York but has admitted that he has no idea how much his 2,strong collection is worth.
How to identify a nude painting
Dürer: artist drawing a nude with Perspective Device
The nude figure is a tradition in Western art , and has been used to express ideals of male and female beauty and other human qualities. It was a central preoccupation of Ancient Greek art , and after a semi-dormant period in the Middle Ages returned to a central position in Western art with the Renaissance. Athletes, dancers, and warriors are depicted to express human energy and life, and nudes in various poses may express basic or complex emotions such as pathos. Unclothed figures often also play a part in other types of art, such as history painting , including allegorical and religious art , portraiture , or the decorative arts. Nude female figures called Venus figurines are found in the art of the Upper Palaeolithic , and in historical times, similar images represent fertility deities. Other significant non-Western traditions of depicting nudes come from India , and Japan, but the nude does not form an important aspect of Chinese art. Temple sculptures and cave paintings, some very explicit, are part of the Hindu tradition of the value of sexuality, and as in many warm climates partial or complete nudity was common in everyday life.
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Nude painting had not been common in Asia for a long time, and exhibiting nude paintings in public was regarded obscene. After taking charge of Western painting department, Kuroda Seiki introduced drawing nude with real models into regular curriculum, and it was the first time among Asian countries to draw a nude model. Kuroda thought painting nude is important for art, and we can see his belief in the letter Kuroda sent to his father in
In Postmodern criticism, this image has been used to illustrate the power of perspective and the strong patriarchal nature of early modern culture with the strong division of gender roles. It is also cited in discussions of the cultural construction of the nude in Western Art since the Renaissance. The following are excerpts from contemporary critics exploring the implications of this image:.