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Nudes With Eating Disorders

21st century

Nudes With Eating Disorders

To follow up my post about body images and body positivity, I want to show you a touching campaign from a few years ago. The well known nudes from art were remade in order to show how they would look like if they had an eating disorder. The results are incredibly moving:

Manet’s Olympia


Edouard Manet, Olympia, 1863, Musée d’Orsay, Paris.



Remus Grecu, Manet’s Olympia, 2009


Boucher’s Nude


François Boucher, Nude Lying on a Sofa, (Reclining Girl), 1752, Alte Pinakothek, Munich



Remus Grecu, Boucher’s Nude, 2009

Ingres’ Bather


Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, The bather of Valpinçon, 1808, Musée du Louvre



Remus Grecu, Ingres’ Bather, 2009

The organization exhibited these new versions of artworks in the Städel Museum in Frankfurt and won awards at the London International and Cannes International Advertising Festival in 2009.
Although a few years have passed since the campaign, I still find it very up-to-date.
For anyone who is currently struggling with an eating disorder or have a friend who is, a place to reach out to get free help and support is ANAD, the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders:

Magda, art historian and Italianist, she writes about art because she cannot make it herself. She loves committed and political artists like Ai Weiwei or the Futurists; like Joseph Beuys she believes that art can change us and we can change the world.


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