Paul Sieffert: Female Nude, 1927

Paul Sieffert (1874–1957) is among those artists who, in the later 19th and 20th century, specialized completely on female nudes, becoming the forerunners of magazines like Playboy. He rarely dated his works, this small (27 × 21.5 cm) oil-on-panel painting is an exception.

François Boucher: Boreas Abducting Oreithyia, 1769

François Boucher: Borée enlevant Orithye (1769)

This painting belongs to a series of six that Boucher painted for Jean-François Bergeret de Frouville’s hôtel in Paris. Four of them, including this one, are at the Kimbell Art Museum and the other two at the Getty Museum.

Alexandre Cabanel, Nymphe et Satyre, 1860

Alexandre Cabanel: Nymphe et Satyre (1860)

Pelagio Palagi, Diana the Huntress, c. 1828-30

Pelagio Palagi: Diana the Huntress, c. 1828-30

The model was possibly the ballerina and mistress of Count Girolamo Malfatti Carlotta Chabert, whom Francesco Hayez portrayed as Venus around the same time.

Théodore Chassériau: The Two Sisters, 1843

Théodore Chassériau: The Two Sisters, 1843

The picture shows the artist’s sisters, Adèle and Aline. Adèle was thirty-three at the time, Aline, who never married, twenty-one. Together with his first mistress, Clémence Monnerot, the two sisters were his main models for many years.

Pierre Auguste Renoir, Baigneuse (1887)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Baigneuse, 1887.

Evelyn de Morgan: Boreas and Oreithyia, 1896

Evelyn de Morgan: Boreas and Oreithyia, 1896

William Bouguereau: La Perle (1894)

William Bouguereau: La Perle, 1894.

Herbert Gustave Schmalz: Zenobia’s last look on Palmyra, 1888

Zenobia’s last look on Palmyra

In 1888, Herbert Gustave Schmalz, son of a German father and an English mother, was thirty-two years old and had established a reputation as a painter of histories. Two years later, he would travel to Jerusalem and mainly paint New Testament themes for a while.

John William Godward: Faraway Thoughts (1892)

John William Godward: Faraway Thoughts, 1892.

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