National Nude Day – July 14, 2015

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While doing some research for future blog posts, I came across National Nude Day.  Now, I know what some of you are thinking, but I immediately thought about……. Art.   The human body has always been a fascinating subject for artists.  A recent example was featured on CBS This Morning here.   The Cheshire Library has a wonderful collection of books, DVDs, and magazines on a variety of art subjects, including some of the world’s best known artists famous for their nudes.

A Few Famous Artists

Michelangelo: a life in six masterpieces

Francisco de Goya

Vincent Van Gogh: life and work

The Unknown Matisse

A Life of Picasso

Magazines

American Art Review Magazine

Art In America Magazine

DVDs

Drawing the line: a portrait of Keith Haring

Getting Started With Bob Ross

Vincent Van Gogh: A Stroke of Genius

Vincent – A Dutchman

Andy Warhol

A Model for Matisse     

The Great Masters of the Italian Renaissance

Alex Katz: Five Hours

 

Books – Adult

Lives of  the Great 20th Century Artists

How to Paint Abstracts

Art: over 2,500 works from cave to contemporary

Art: a new history

The Collins Big Book of Art: from cave art to pop art

Introduction to Drawing the Human Body

Books – Children

 A History of Art for Young People

Paul Cezanne

100 Artists Who Changed the World

History of Art for Young People

 

The Children’s Librarians and Reference Librarians will be happy to guide you in finding the perfect title for you.

Now –  for those interested in the actual National Nude Day -” National Nude Day is a way to keep cool on a hot , sticky summer day. Nudist groups around the world celebrate this holiday and take it quite seriously! Nudist’s are not perverts…even though their desire to go “au natural” might be offensive to the conservative population! Nudist’s are individuals who believe the human body is most beautiful in their natural state. Whether or not you agree with them, nudist’s encourage people to strut their stuff. ”  (source:  National Day Calendar)  And, yes, there are a few ‘clothing optional’ resorts in Connecticut.

 

 

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