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To have a naked woman in my kitchen?

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SundaeGirl Sat 12-Jan-13 07:11:52

DH says she must go, she's weirding people out.

I've got a large print of a nude painting and she's framed and above the kitchen table. The DCs (5&3) are pretty immune to her but their friends do sometimes pass comment. To the trained artistic eye she does look post-coital but not to small children, obviously.

DH is adamant that everyone thinks it's me in the picture (no, I wasn't Modigliani's muse) and also that it's odd to have it where people are eating. I think nudes are normal and he's being prudish.


SundaeGirl Sat 12-Jan-13 13:20:24

DH says I should make it clear to art snobs that this is an exhibition poster.

I think you are right about the flaccid penis but an erect one might be scarier.

GilmoursPillow Sat 12-Jan-13 13:27:01

If it's one of the one's where the lady in question is scratching her muff then I think your DH may have a point.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Sat 12-Jan-13 13:39:00

We had a calendar featuring pictures by the artist Tamara de Lempicka hanging in our kitchen once. Beautiful pictures and yes, the occasional female nude. Our DCs were about 8 and 11 at the time, they didn't seem embarrassed. Perhaps the difference was the whole calendar only measured about 12" by 8" so it didn't dominate the room, not too in-your-face though it hung on the wall right by the table.

quirrelquarrel Sun 13-Jan-13 01:50:37

LOL "declasse" grin

Went to the Tate today and bought two posters in their sale- Gauguin exhibition and Chagall-- oo so lower middle ain't I (heads up for anyone who wants nice cheapish posters- their mini prints were £3 and my two were £7.50 altogether!).

I don't mind, if only because for me it's more studenty than anything else- pictures without frames, blutac and spellotape. I don't have them just to fill the space though.....I do read about them and that wink

LRDtheFeministDragon Sun 13-Jan-13 01:55:46

Erm ... doesn't hanging 'off piste' art in preference to good repro just suggest you don't have much taste? I mean, there's a reason the good stuff is the good stuff.

I would probably go with DH's views if it really bothered him but I would think he was being a tiny bit of a prude, yes.

I don't get why the kitchen is odd. Surely naked pics in someone's bedroom are much more likely to make people think you're perving rather than appreciating 'art'?

LRDtheFeministDragon Sun 13-Jan-13 01:57:40

I mean, I get why you might decide a famous picture has just started to bore you because you've seen it a zillion times ... but why would you go out of your way to avoid famous paintings?

Do you also try really hard never to read the classics? confused

quirrelquarrel Sun 13-Jan-13 02:06:02

Kinda reminds me of the semi-porno painting scene in Abigail's Party grin god I need to watch that again....although, I always think that to meself and then wonder why I don't remember how awful the end is.

LesBOFerables Sun 13-Jan-13 02:07:44

I'm fighting a losing battle to exclude nudes from general display at home, because a) I like them, and just see the art rather than nudity, and b) DP is an artist and always rotates originals for potential clients to see, or has prints up for the same reason. We do have other art up too, but his stuff is almost white noise to me now. I'm in lots of these, but I like to think my usual scruffiness is enough of a curveball to stop general visitors making the connection grin.

quirrelquarrel Sun 13-Jan-13 02:15:23

I just think, put up what makes you smile, think, what provokes memories, what goes with the furniture, what sets you off dreaming, what you want your kids to hell with what the guests think, it's your bloody home. If you want your living room to look like a teenager's be it! If you want it all a hundred shades of magnolia and a hundred more of beige.....great, doesn't make you much more of a grownup though....

LRDtheFeministDragon Sun 13-Jan-13 02:17:28

I'd agree with that quirrel. smile

<studiously ignores naked BOF wink>

LesBOFerables Sun 13-Jan-13 02:19:25

Aww, dont ignore me- I'm mildly tipsy and in need of validation: comments on my erstwhile hotness or DP's prodigious talent are all gratefully received grin

quirrelquarrel Sun 13-Jan-13 02:26:48

oooo am a muggins, c'est toi Bof? and.....technically well executed?
am tipsy too.....we met a lovely couple on the train, with beer, and found some swings, with beer, and clumb (??) over two v. v. high gates and now I am home ansd can't quite bring myself to bed down.

My mum has all her stuff up at home, natures mortes and otherwise landscapes....she did paint my room though, with a pretend window (which I covered with a bookcase as an embarrassed teenager!)...

LRDtheFeministDragon Sun 13-Jan-13 02:31:23

Your DH is erstwhilly hot and you are prodigiously talented.

Also, you have gorgeous hair, you know. Though I think I may have said this before.

LesBOFerables Sun 13-Jan-13 02:34:37

Ah, I'm happy now. You can keep humouring me as the the thread moves on though. I only do this sort of thing at 2am.

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 13-Jan-13 04:18:23

There are reasons the good stuff if the good stuff. Generally a stupid reason. The Mona Lisa isn't any better than a thousand other portraits. It just got stolen at a really good time for it. I only have originals up in my house and I am certainly not posh or rich. There are so many incredibly talented artists selling for peanuts. I have a couple by this artist and a couple of Australian pieces. Support you living local artists.

Tigerbomb Sun 13-Jan-13 04:33:26

I remember previously receiving some artwork from Bof that had been painted by her husband . He is seriously talented and she is seriously beautiful envy

kickassangel Sun 13-Jan-13 04:51:48

I'm totes jel of all of you who've been drinking. I've just been reading theories about the development of masculinity in modern society for my college course. 2 papers down, 4 to go.

Why are there so few nudes of a man? Actually I prefer more 'natural' pics than posed ones, as if we just got to see someone while they're sitting having a think, or doing something, rather than it's something they've posed for.

There's a lot of snobbery about art. If you like it, flaunt it, though dh should get a say as well.

I took dd to Tate Modern recently & she was very underwhelmed. (she's 9)

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 13-Jan-13 05:05:00

Why are there so few nudes of a man? Because men are visual and women are not. Well, that's what they would have you believe. Ask yourself this... why am I told to tell my daughter she is beautiful? FB tells me, people tell me, my own mind tells me. Do people agonise about whether we tell our sons they are handsome? Not a tiny bit.

LibraryMum8 Sun 13-Jan-13 05:15:48

I'm a prude but I'd have nude prints around. But not in the kitchen. It's dh's house too. I'd move it to a more discreet place.

MidnightMasquerader Sun 13-Jan-13 06:41:25

^"... but why would you go out of your way to avoid famous paintings?


Slight leap. There are art galleries, museums, books and t'internet for famous paintings. I just think homes are for stuff you've picked up in junk shops, on holiday, been given or painted by a friend. Etc.

As I said, I realise it's not a popular viewpoint! But it's certainly not about avoiding famous paintings at home. Just leaving them to be hung in their rightful place. smile

BlackholesAndRevelations Sun 13-Jan-13 08:00:31

Poster with the talented husband: phwoar! You are hot and he is amazingly talented!

catgirl1976 Sun 13-Jan-13 10:07:48

My local Italian has Modigliani nudes on the walls. It hasn't put me off eating there as of yet smile You are stunning and your DH is vair talented

quirrelquarrel Sun 13-Jan-13 10:47:31

I was also at the Courtauld yesterday and saw a Modigliani nude and grinned because of this thread!
They had some Lucian Freud etchings. One of a man. It was ugly, didn't like it.

My friend has a print of the Mona Lisa and just the Mona Lisa in her room. I'd go a bit crazy if I had to look at that every day. It is sombre !

PureQuintessence Sun 13-Jan-13 10:52:21

MidnightMasquerader is right. It is terribly naff.

It is like having a Van Gogh Sunflower print, or Mona Lisa on your wall. Totally lacking in imagination. It looks like you dont know good art, so went into the National Gallery or some place, and just picked up some well known poster in the sale/bargain bucket in the hope it would make you look arty, or art loving or even ^ knowledgeable ^ - It doesnt. It is just naff.

Can you find some more obscure labias to display where you eat, rather than posters of famous ones?

PureQuintessence Sun 13-Jan-13 10:54:16

Now that is an idea. Let Bof spread her legs above your kitchen table, that would be way more interesting.

Perhaps her husband could paint some food on the floor next to her, like a baguette, some carrots and maybe even cucumber, giving a "39 1/2 weeks sort of look"

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