Akseli Gallen-Kallela
Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

18-49-Demaskiert Gallen-Kallela

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    During one of his stays in Paris the finnish painter focused on nude studies. This painting was created in 1888 and shows a prostitute embedded in her daily environment. What's new is the fact that from then on nude women are depicted without mythological context what resulted in a more realistic depiction of the female genitalia, where pubic hair is visible. In this painting the woman is shown in a relaxed pose, her legs are slightly opened. The pubic triangle is depicted explicitly, the picture is erotic, full of sexual energy and continues the tradition of symbolizing sexuality through the depiction of women. From the late 19th century on prostitutes are more and more often represented in paintings countering the mythologically coloured, asexual representation of women.

Biography: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akseli_Gallen-Kallela

(Translation: K. Seifter)