Aditi Rajeev

Men Painting Women

Men Painting Women presents images of five oil paintings from late 19th century to early 20th century Europe. I came across these paintings during my schooling at an art institute in India. My interaction with these works has been limited to photographs found on the internet, as the original paintings are part of collections (both public and private) in Spain and America. They all feature the female nude. I intervene into these paintings with anonymously drawn clipart men, downloaded for free from the internet, to bring back those behind the canvas into the work.

The Nude Maja (La maja desnuda) by Francisco Goya
La Gommeuse by Pablo Picasso
Origin of the World (L’Origine du monde) by Gustave Courbet
Blue Nude (Souvenir de Biskra) by Henri Matisse
The Pearl and the Wave (La Perle et la vague) by Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry