Great Bathers essay

This is far from renoirs vision of the ideal female

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Unformatted text preview: me that these paintings were produced it is true that they may have been popular because in a male dominated society they embodied sexual desire. But from a present day perspective they are hardly considered explicit. 3 My generation, more than any other before it, is exposed to popular media on a tremendous level. Nudity has been frowned upon by television networks for decades, but with the advent of the Internet nudity lurks around every corner. Not to mention the incorporation of nudity and sex into nearly every R- rated movie to be released (which of course is why they garner such a rating). Nochlin outlines that these bathers were created to be the object of male desire. But I attest that in this day and age, these fictitious bathers barely qualify. Societies’ perception of beauty has drastically changed since Renoir’s time. Magazines and TV shows like ‘America’s Next Top Model’ depict the ideal female as horrendously slender, and drenched in make- up. This is far from Renoir’s vision of the ideal female. Tamar Garb’s excerpt which Nochlin includes in her own essay uses the word “plump” (qtd. in Nochlin 450) to describe Renoir’s bathers. The Food and Drug Administration estimates that Americans spend $60 billion a year on weight loss programs, this figure in and of itself illustrates that Americans do not hold ‘plump’ individuals in high regard. It is clear society has changed over the last 100 years, while Renoir’s works have remained static. I believ...
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