Objects of desire

Obituary (by William Grimes)  in the NYT of 26 October for “Sylvia Sleigh, 94, Portraitist and Feminist”, characterizing Sleigh as

a British-born artist who put a feminist spin on the portrait genre by painting male nudes in poses that recalled the female subjects of Ingres, Velázquez and Titian …

“I wanted to give my perspective, portraying both sexes with dignity and humanism,” she once said. “It was very necessary to do this because women had often been painted as objects of desire in humiliating poses. I don’t mind the ‘desire’ part, it’s the ‘object’ that’s not very nice.”

Lots of Google images of the paintings, and also wonderful photographs of Sleigh.

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