Canada’s weird, uncomfortable relationship with nakedness: Why our nude art genre never took off (via National Post)

Oh, The Humanities!: New research looks at why the nude never took hold in Canada — even as the artists behind them were celebrated in Europe

Staff at the Canadian National Exhibition of 1927 built a barrier around a painting of a naked woman to keep people at a distance, afraid that the art might provoke spectators to lash out, to touch it or “caress it.”

Toronto newspapers printed more than 100 letters to the editor both defending and lambasting the painting. But the most riled letter-writers saw it as part of the degradation of polite society — already teeming with “cigaret-smoking youth” in the street and women “flapping their sex before the eyes of man.”


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