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Some conventional images of beauty
At the time of writing there are only a few pics on this page. Later I will add more
Here are a few of my favourite pics. Well, as near as I get to favourite.

For quite a lot of my youth I was surrounded by hundreds of Art and history books, but images of women in art never seemed quite real to me. I do not know why and have no idea what I thought women 'should' look like. By the age of 10 I knew that disliked the 1940/50s Hollywood glamour look. That seemed entirely false and not at all like anyone I knew.

A little later about the age of twelve or fourteen I was even more confused. It was constantly assumed that all right thinking persons found the Hollywood look irresistible. I was odd. I didn't. I didn't know what to feel or think. Of course, like all little boys I relished any smut that turned up.

Then when I first noticed Rembrandt's work I fell in love with Hendrickje straight away. For some reason she fitted my ill conceived notions of 'proper' femininity but also I found myself dragged into this unknown world by the way Rembrandt painted her. I found the images irresistible and I still do. Rembrandt painted people. Their beauty is always in their humanity. These two paintings sometimes upset me. I do not know why. I think I always wanted to meet her and of course I can't.

Isn't Rembrandt Wonderful!

Rembrandt's wonderful but thin mistress. See even quite thin people can be beautiful!
Hendrickje
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Hendrickje
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Rubens
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Rubens
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A Renoir Study
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If the three at the top sometimes upset me the one above always makes me cry. Again I have no idea why. Maybe he wanted to share her beauty and her humanity with the whole world. Sometimes, when there is no one to share it, looking at beauty can make you feel very lonely. This painting on the left makes me think of 'forever'. But then I think: there is so much beauty around me. So much kindness and goodness. So much love. I think Rembrandt looked at beauty and into the loneliness within himself and then found great happiness. But then he was probably a *wonderful* person (like you).

Wonderful Picture by Botero


Sorry, but we do have to look at her again. until I get some more pictures by other artists.


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