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Painter paints "controversial" nudes of aging women

Pictures may be NSFW because they look like photos (hence the distractor photo). Anyway, Aleah Chapin paints photorealistic pieces of older women in the buff. Apparently, this is cause for great controversy.

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I am not a huge fan of photorealism artistically, but I see its use here. Some of this rings a little Dove commercial to me, but as a painter, I know what an intimate experience it can be to paint someone, and I think her care and intimacy shine through. It matters that these are paintings and not photos.

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Quote from the artist:

"Most women have issues and I'm not immune to that," says Chapin. "We're told that our bodies are supposed to be a 'certain height, certain size, certain weight'. But the pictures we see are completely unrealistic; they're very Photoshopped.

"We all know it when we look at them in magazines and yet, we still compare ourselves.

"That's why we need images that show all sorts of bodies – so we can accept every size and shape."

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Yep. Next up: non-white women.

Quote from a critic:

Critic Brian Sewell called it "repellent…a grotesque medical record".

YIKES.

ETA - hard to get a headline to stay on a post these days...kinjaaaaaaa.

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