Nude Quotes

They symbolize nothing. I paint them (nuides) because they are beautiful and desirable. I have something against the word “symbol” because it has something artificial.

What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot grasp the fact that the human foot is more noble than the shoe and the human skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?

Nothing is so chaste as nudity. All beauty is sexless in the eyes of the artist at his work – the beauty of man, the beauty of woman, the heavenly beauty of the child, which is the sweetest and best of all.

What this country really needs is a Beltway orgy. Where every mottled pink body in Washington strips off its clothes and runs naked from Capitol Hill down the mall to be doused with Mazzola oil spiked with Ecstasy. We take pictures and every time some sanctimonious BS comes out of the front of their talking […]

There is no woman so naked as one you can see to be naked underneath her clothes.

The problem with painting a nude… is that it deepens the transaction. You can scrap a painting of someone’s face and it imperils the sitter’s self-esteem less than scrapping a painting of the whole naked body.

When you see a nude infant doing a backward somersault you know why clothing exists.

Would that you could meet the sun and the wind with more of your body and less of your raiment.

Every young sculptor seems to think that he must give the world some specimen of indecorous womanhood, and call it Eve, Venus, a Nymph, or any name that may apologize for a lack of decent clothing.

The Princess Borghese, Bonaparte’s sister, who was no saint, sat to (the artist Antonio) Canova as a reclining Venus, and being asked if she did not feel a little uncomfortable, replied, “No. There was a fire in the room.”