The study of the human figure has long been a standard practice amongst artists. Learning from the nude is conventionally seen as helping with the formation of technique. And while most figure drawings were originally exercises and never intended for frames or to be put on display, interior designers and homeowners seem to be doing it anyway. The result: sophisticated, elegant, and timeless décor.
There's a versatility to figure art because it tends to look appropriate in several different environments. One obvious way to create a dramatic statement is to group a bunch of figure studies together in a salon hanging. It's a classical look that almost harkens back to Ancient Rome. Nude studies can easily be mixed in with other art, and looks especially great next to more modern, abstract pieces, for a truly eclectic aesthetic.
Of course, a beautifully framed, over-sized nude painting hung solo on a wall can be stunning. And don't forget smaller studies as well, which look great interspersed in a table-scape or placed on stacks of books. But one thing is for sure: don't be afraid of the nude! It's sure to instantly bring class to any space.
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