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Check out the nudes, dudes!
Amisha Chowbey, Hindustan Times
July 19, 2013
First Published: 18:50 IST(19/7/2013)
Last Updated: 17:08 IST(20/7/2013)

Ever wondered cholikepeechekyahai? Here are your answers to that pertinent question. Doubts are a thing of the past! Oh, and there’s a nude dude too.

David: Michelangelo
Year: Between 1501 and 1504
Displayed: Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence
DavidMichelangelo sculpted a glorious David out of one block of Carrara marble. Standing at 17-feet tall, it is stunning. When the Grand Duke of Tuscany gifted a replica to Queen Victoria in 1857, she had a fig leaf cover his private part (alt. disco stick) to avoid red faces. Probably, only hers.

Olympia: Édouard Manet
Year: 1863
ManetDisplayed: Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Manet gives us a peek into the room of a wealthy Parisian prostitute, loaded with gifts and a maid bringing in more. It disgusted the Emperor when displayed at the Salon. Sneaky men visiting with wives would hurry past it. Also, Manet died of syphilis at 51. Just
saying!

WomanWoman V: Willem de Kooning
Year: 1952 to 1953
Displayed: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Imagine a man with a paintbrush, attacking the canvas in a mad fit. Of a series of six works, Woman V is a half-ogre half-woman product of this sort of attack. This is advanced art, action painting by a so-called misogynist.

Gala nude/ Abraham Lincoln: Salvador Dali
Year: 1975
DaliDisplayed: Dali Theatre-Museum, Spain
With the view of Gala’s well formed behind, who’d believe Dali’s muse was in her 70s when this was painted? A master of illusions, the sexy back turns into Abraham Lincoln’s portrait, viewed from 20 metres.

Le Rêve: Pablo Picasso
Year: 1932
Private Collection
PabloIt’s Picasso’s way of saying that at the age of 50, he’s nailing this 22-year-old girl despite a wife and children back home. He immortalises the beauty of his muse Marie-Thérèse Walter, with his privates on display, casually strewn over and making up half her face.

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