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By kimonos2, Mar 10 2017 09:14AM

William Etty
William Etty
''Venus & Cupid''
''Venus & Cupid''
''Male nude arms upstretched''
''Male nude arms upstretched''

William Etty was born on 10th of March 1787.


An English artist best known for his historic paintings containing nude figures. One of the most controversial artists you've never heard. Etty wanted to change what people saw. He broke the rules of decorum by painting humanly realistic nudes rather than idealized gods and goddesses. Most of the criticism questioned the appropriateness of Etty’s female nudes, while the male nudes quite often found praise as “heroic.”


Etty defended himself as an innocent lover of nature’s greatest creation—the human form. Even after evoking the Biblical phrase that “to the pure of heart all things are pure,” Etty’s explanations fell on deaf ears.


''Finding God's most glorious work to be Woman, that all human beauty had been concentrated in her, I dedicated myself to painting—not the Draper's or Milliner's work—but God's most glorious work, more finely than ever had been done.''


He died 13th November 1849 at the age of 62.

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