Body Hair: Pubes and Pits Hit the Mainstream

Reclining Nude, Amedeo Modigliani, 1919

Come the late 19th-century and early 20th ladies are depicted as nude and proud, damn it. Often artists would portray pubic and underarm hair to emphasize their sexuality. And Courbet maxed it out.

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Body Hair in Art

Shunga piece

In the next few posts, I'll explore body hair in art history, especially on images of women. No this isn't a post about puberty like one of those books parents toss to their kids because they're afraid of the birds and the bees. It is rare to see female body hair in art, and that's worth exploring. Hell, hairy legs can still make headlines.  So where the heck is it in art history?