The nude female form has been depicted in art (across all mediums) for centuries. And for the later half of those many centuries (okay…obviously not that long), the objectification of women has been a subject of heated debate in art. One argument that is typically made is that a woman’s body is far more appealing, both visually and aesthetically, than a man’s body ever could be, and therefore, it should be celebrated…then again, is the issue of objectifying women merely because the nude female form has been presented for centuries in art time after time (of course also keeping in mind how historically women have been treated as property and second-class citizens), or due to the increasing use of sex in modern advertisement and the blatant over-sexualization of…everything? Both? Or is it just subjective, period?
Well, Omar Ortiz is an artist based out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, who creates oil on canvas paintings of nude female forms following suit of the classic masters, however executed in contemporary fashion and style. Are we just reading too much into this issue? Not enough? Are we just being dismissive about the whole “objectification of women” thing? Are WE perpetuating the over-sexualization of women by showcasing work like this? What if Ortiz painted more voluptuous, curvy women? Women with boils and scars?
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