The Tumbling Woman and Other Most Disturbing Classical Works of Art
These are some of the most controversial works of art that have disturbed the mind of mankind.
Maybe one of the fundamental functions of the human faculty is to imitate nature, to fashion a beautiful work of art. Or as Pablo Picasso would put it, “Every child is born artist; the problem is how to keep him an artist the rest of his life.” If the legendary artist from Spain would be given his way, then, art must really be innate to anyone; and when the impulse of it haunts a true artist would simply be hard to resist, giving rise to many works that have become subjects of wonderment and praise. But as life would have it, controversies and scandals have also taken their way into the world of arts and of artists. As follows are some of the most controversial pieces that have disturbed the mind of mankind.
Tumbling Woman is a life-size sculpture that depicts the horrible flight of the 9/11 victims. When it was debuted by its creator, Eric Fischl at the Rockefeller Center in New York City, it evoked much controversy since the viewers were vividly reminded of people falling from the World Trade Center. It was met with much anger and anxiety.
The artist argued that his work was nothing but a sincere artistic attempt to put out his feelings and be able to share them, but it appeared to him the people were mourning more for the disappearance of the once mighty Twin Towers than for those who have fallen victim of that most enormous act of terrorism in human history.
Le déjeuner sur l’herbe (The Lunch on the Grass)
The Lunch of the Grass is one of the most controversial paintings by the French Painter Edouard Manet. The nude woman in company with fully dressed men during a lunch out was utter shock to the viewers when Manet exhibited his work in 1863. Quite more astonishing is the familiarity of the woman. Manet modeled here after the image of Victorine Meurent whose seductive body is starkly lit. In defense of himself, Manet reasoned that his work was but plain expression of his individual freedom as an artist. But the way his work appeared was really a serious affront to the French society at the time.