Picture of the Week

JULY 20

Okay, so it’s been a little while.  It’s not like there’s been a drought of cool found pictures of lovely ladies reading in their nothingness.  Quite the opposite, actually.  But we’ve been busy putting the finishing touches on several new international chapters and it’s taken us away from adding to this page.  Really, our apologies.  So to make up for it we’ve found a great MOVING PICTURE!  That’s right, folks.  A good ol’ movie.  And if you think about it, with this thing being 11 minutes long, at 30 frames per second, it’s like putting up 19,800 Pictures of the Week all at once.  Enjoy.

MAY 21

From Wikipedia:

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (July 10, 1834 – July 17, 1903) was an American-born, British-based artist. Averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, he was a leading proponent of the credo “art for art’s sake“. His famous signature for his paintings was in the shape of a stylized butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail.[1] The symbol was apt, for it combined both aspects of his personality—his art was characterized by a subtle delicacy, while his public persona was combative. Finding a parallel between painting and music, Whistler titled many of his paintings “arrangements“, “harmonies“, and “nocturnes“, emphasizing the primacy of tonal harmony.[2] His most famous painting is the iconic Whistler’s Mother(1871), the revered and oft parodied portrait of motherhood. A wit, dandy, and shameless self-promoter, Whistler influenced the art world and the broader culture of his time with his artistic theories and his friendships with leading artists and writers.[3]

Here we present “The Little Nude Model Reading”.  To purchase, visit Encore Editions.

MARCH 21

Okay, so there are no books in the picture.  But there ARE girls and they ARE naked…and they DO intend to read from the annals of rock-n-roll legend on May 6th in Chicago.

I just couldn’t resist posting this candid moment from our Naked Girls ROCK! photoshoot last night with the Chicago cast and the inimitable PEZ behind the lens.  It’s just too adorable…or something.  Just makes me glad there’s no hell.

FEBRUARY 14

For Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d spread a little…love.  Michelle L’amour enjoys a chapter from pulp novel “Love Camp”.

To view the entire gallery of photos from this series click HERE.

(photo by Franky Vivid)

Purchase “Love Camp” and benefit the Naked Girls Literary Honors 2011.

FEBRUARY 7

Even the French get into the Naked Girls Reading spirit.  This cover of magazine “Un Siecle de Pin Up” features a phenomenal illustration of a naked little ginger reading a dirty book.

It’s nice to know our little fetish crosses national boundaries.

Now, I don’t wanna get letters saying “She’s wearing something because you can see lacey ruffles”.  Use your imagination.  Those lacey ruffles obviously are part of an extremely sheer nightie that shows more than it covers, no?

NOVEMBER 29

Jock Hedblade.

That’s a name.  The name of a real, live person.  I know, because I’ve met him…years ago.  But recently, I came across the name again after following the point and click brick road from facebook to a website a friend in Las Vegas had recommended.

Superthriller.com.

Seems Jock and his brother Jay have been up to some no-good (or good, depending on your point of view) on the airwaves in Chicago with a collection of weirdinalia that you have to check out.

But the best part was that as I clicked on “contact” to let ‘Blade know I had digitally reconnected, what did I see?  You guessed it.  The pinup image above of a naked ginger on the phone, apparently discussing something pressing she’d just red in the Dun and Bradstreet listings.  Nothing weird about that.

NOVEMBER 15

This week’s pictures are paintings by Italian Artist Pino Daeni.  He has a lovely way of capturing the complete essence of why we love the image of a naked girl reading.  His work shows that there is something magical and innocent, yet blissfully self aware.

The girls in his paintings invite you to forgive them for the selfish moment of feeding their imaginations.  They don’t need you, but you long for them.

I have to say that without the presence of the books, the paintings would not be as powerful.  Do you agree?

OCTOBER 11

For my recent birthday, Chicago Naked Girl Mimi First gave me this tumbler showing a cheeky 70′s blonde studiously looking up from her naked studies.

If you look closely at the actual piece, it looks like she might cover up if you put a cold liquid in the glass.  But why would I do that?

What a fantastic piece of low art! Thank you Mimi for keeping the flame alive.

SEPTEMBER 28

Thanks to Jim S, a fan of Naked Girls Reading and Picture of the Week for sending this one.

Canadian artist “Amoxes” painted this rich and gorgeous piece called “A Private Moment” in which an odalisque “relaxes” with a good book.  I’d love to know what she’s thinking with that facial expression.

You can event purchase the piece [  HERE ]

AUGUST 30

Everywhere.  Everywhere I go.  No matter what.  It seems I always run into a new example of a depiction of a Naked Girl Reading.  It’s like an epidemic or something.

So, Michelle L’amour and I were at the Chicago Cultural Center looking at the exhibit “Louis Sullivan’s Idea” when we came across a theatrical program for a theater he had designed called the Schiller.  If you look closely at the inset image on the top left (what would be the back of the program) you see an alluring woman, relieved of her clothing, fingering the pages of a book. [click on the images to enlarge them]

Like I said.  Everywhere…even in the late nineteenth century on Randolph Street in Chicago…

AUGUST 2

To celebrate the upcoming “Talk Like a Pirate Day” this September, TJ Rappel at Krushervision gave us this fantastic poster (available in the Naked Girls Bookstore) called “Davy Jones’ Lookers”.

Maybe we should do a “Read Like a (naked) Pirate Day”!  Oh wait, we are.  Chicago – September – stay tuned.

Don’t expect any booty jokes, though.  That’s too easy.  We’re much too mature for that sort of thing.  Unless you’ve got a really good one.  Then you can share it with us by sending us a message in a bottle.

For Kindle/Nook owners, here’s your wallpaper for September.  Ahoy and enjoy.

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JULY 26

At a bookstore in Toronto this weekend, I grabbed some great deals on some art books.

While thumbing through them waiting to cross the ferry back to the States I noticed a work (pictured) called “Woman With Book”.

But, oh, Pablo!  How you tease.  She’s not only a woman WITH a book, she’s a woman with a book who’s ALSO baring naughty bits of feminine flesh!

Which leads us to the ages old question:

How naked does a girl have to get to be a naked girl reading?

July 19

Alright, Alright.  Some of you have accused me of stretching a bit in the past to work a “found” picture into our theme.  But none of you have complained that you didn’t like the pics.  So there.  I guess I’m doing something right. ;)

In this fantastic illustration from Dutch artist Albicocca, We have both a Naked Girl and a Girl Reading.  So, if it’s okay with you all, here you go.  (If you look closely it’s the same girl, so it works, no?)

July 12

I’m not even really sure how to categorize this picture.  I mean, obviously it fits into our theme, but since this is a bookplate (created by Austrian artist Gaijoher), we have to imagine also that the reader is, in fact, naked…and a girl…right?

Regardless, how cool…

JUNE 28th

The only thing better than one girl reading naked is…TWO girls reading naked…especially if it’s Michelle L’amour as tiny twins!

Photographer to the stars, PEZ, took this fantastic shot as a send up of this famous illustration:

We don’t know which one we like more, but we know that we can actually see Michelle reading live every month in Chicago…so that helps.

JUNE 21st

Direct from Paris in 1912 comes a dirty little illustration from Gerda Wegener.

Wegener was married to Einar Wegener, by all accounts the better illustrator of the two.  But in a strange turn of events (for the early 20th Century), the “husband” took a backseat to her work for Vogue et al, often even posing as “Lili”, her favorite model.

Einar eventually came out as a transexual women and had the first publicly known sex reassignment surgery.  Gerda went on to much success, including illustrating a ton of books…probably naked.

This particular piece is from a collection found after her death.  The collection exposed an erotic side to her talent that hadn’t been seen during her life.

JUNE 14th

We’re getting ready for July and a celebration of our independence so we figured what better than Michelle L’amour as Rosie the Riveter for the “Banned Books” F-READ-OM campaign?

And not only that, but here is your very own inspirational wallpaper for your Kindle or Nook.

Photo by PEZ.

Kindle/Nook version:

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MAY 31st

On May 29th, the Naked Girls of Chicago read at an art opening at Gallery Provocateur.   They read seven poems from “The Seven Virtues of a Courtesan”.

One of the artists in the show was Fred Fields, whose oil paintings were some of the most beautiful pieces in the show.

So, of course, we had to peruse Fields’ website to see if there were any paintings of unclad ladies with books.  Yay Fred!

It’s called “Burgundy” but we’d rather know what the title of the book is than what kind of wine is in the glass.

MAY 24th

In 1902, one of my favorite artists, Aubrey Beardsley, illustrated a published version of Alexander Pope’s 1712 poem “The Rape of the Lock”, which satirized a petty religious squabble by comparing it to the epic world of the gods.

In one of his illustrations (“The Billet-Doux” – left) we are pleased to see Beardsley’s cheeky version of our favorite fetish.

For more information on Beardsley click [ HERE ].  For more information on Pope’s “The Rape of the Lock” click [ HERE ] or purchase it [ HERE ] to benefit Rock For Reading.

(MAY 17th

While strolling through a shopping district in Montreal, we slid into a little antique shop to see if there were any interesting little trinkets to bring home.  In a small case full of old magazines we found three issues of an old magazine called “Parisiana” that contained a wealth of sexy little photographs, cartoons, humorous articles and advertisements for lingerie – all in French!

In one of the issues was some gorgeous coverage (heh) of one of our favorite little-known photographic teams – Manasse.  Well, THAT caught our eye, but even more…what did we find?  The only “Naked Girl Reading” photo we’ve ever seen from the House of Manasse.  So, here it is for you – direct from 1920′s Austria to you via French Canada.  Enjoy.

MAY 10th

Correggio painted this work, entitled “The Madalen”, in about 1518.  Original sketches are purported to show Jesus’ friend, the Prostitute, without the blue wrap.  What she’s reading, who knows?

Correggio liked to paint the naked ladies, which is great.  But, this is the only one we found where she’s got the requisite book in hand.

From Wikipedia:

Antonio Allegri da Correggio, usually known as Correggio, (August 1489 – March 5, 1534) was the foremost painter of the Parmaschool of the Italian Renaissance, who was responsible for some of the most vigorous and sensuous works of the 16th century. In his use of dynamic composition, illusionistic perspective and dramatic foreshortening, Correggio prefigured the Rococo art of the 18th century.

For more work by Correggio click [  HERE ]

MAY 3rd

One look at the painting hanging over the sofa of deceased fashion designer Gianni Versace and you know right away that it’s a Roy Lichtenstein.

Yep, the king of tortured suburban souls rendered in halftone was also a fan of lovely ladies reading books “sans clothing”.

He actually did several painting depicting our favorite subject (click on images below to see some):

APR 26th

This painting by German artist Heinrich Füger is entitled “The Penitent Magdelene” and was finished in Munich in 1808.

(from Wikipedia:

Heinrich Füger (1751–1818) was a German historical painter, born at HeilbronnWürttemberg. He was a pupil of Guibal in Stuttgart and of Oeser in Leipzig. Afterward he traveled and spent some time in Rome andNaples, where he painted frescoes in the Palazzo Caserta. On his return to Vienna he was appointed court painter, professor and vice director of the Academy, and in 1806 director of the Belvedere Gallery. Among his historical paintings are: “The Farewell of Coriolanus” (Czernin Gallery, Vienna); “Allegory on Peace” (1801), and four other canvases in the Vienna Gallery; “Bathsheba” (Budapest Gallery); and among his portraits those of the Emperor Joseph II, the Grand Duchess Elizabeth, Queen Caroline of Naples, and Lord Nelson (National Portrait Gallery, London). He painted in the classic style of David and Mengs and was inclined to be theatrical.)

APR 19th

It’s Amazing!

It’s Colossal!

It’s Krushervision’s TJ Rappel and he’s crafted us an ultra-sexy cartoonification of our very own Michelle L’amour engaged in our very favorite fetish!  Get yours now by clicking on the image.

And don’t miss TJ’s other fantastic girls, tattoos and monsters at Krushervision.com.

MAR 22nd

Fans of naked girls and pin-ups will no doubt be familiar with one of the most famous artists in that genre, Alberto Vargas (or Varga in his pre-Playboy days).  But this particular painting is quite rare and a bit of a departure for the illustrator.

However, once again, we find proof that books and boobs are as nice a pair as a couple of stockinged legs.

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PICTURE OF THE WEEK (MAR 16th)

“Usually, when you call a burlesque act a “show stopper,” you don’t mean it quite so literally. But this time, that’s just what happened: The show stopped dead, and so did the girl. And as I looked at her nearly naked and completely lifeless body and the bottle of poison in her hand with my fingerprints all over it, I thought to myself: Porkpie, you’re in for it this time…”

Oooooooh, the mystery!  That’s how “The Corpse Wore Pasties” by Jonny Porkpie (incidently, one of the producers of Naked Girls Reading in NYC – along with his wife Nasty Canasta, pictured) begins.  And it doesn’t let up with the noir thriller-ing all the way through ’til its suspenseful conclusion.

If you’re a fan of pulp crime novels, this is a great title for you.  Hard Case Crime is publishing a resurgence of said pulp the way it was meant to be – cheap and tawdry.  So grab a copy of “The Corpse Wore Pasties“, take off your clothes and read yourself silly.  Don’t forget, purchasing through this site will benefit Rock For Reading.

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PICTURE OF THE WEEK (MAR 9th)

In this “found picture” by Michael Helms, model Rebecca Miller thumbs a tasty book in the buff.  Helms is an accomplished photographer with a large following and an extensive gallery on DeviantArt (must join to view since it’s got naughty bits), but this image is one of the most striking…at least to us.

Special thanks to all the Naked Girls Reading fans who pointed us to this image.

Since we have lovingly borrowed this image, we cannot offer a Kindle/Nook version.

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PICTURE OF THE WEEK (MAR 1)

In honor of the upcoming Academy Awards, we thought we’d share a photo from our recent “Movie Buffs in the Buff” event in Chicago.

The girls read everything from the Production Code to the Christian Bale rant against his Director of Photography.

We definitely think this image wins “Best Picture”.

PICTURE OF THE WEEK (FEB 22)

While flipping once again through Mel Gordon’s primer on the debauchery of the Weimar Replublic, “Voluptuous Panic”, I ran across this familiar image.

The painting is Menassé’s “The Forbidden Book” and is a shining example of the culture of the time (The Great Inflation in Germany between the wars).  In this strikingly sexy and political image we see an almost nude (well, she does have on shoes) sensually reading a book that we understand has been banned by the government.  She’s engrossed in it while also maintaining a scorching sexuality that was also ripe in the time of Anita Berber and Erotic Kabarett Revues.

To order Gordon’s book, click [  HERE ]

PICTURE OF THE WEEK (FEB 15th)

Illustration by Moor Girl

This beautifully decadent illustration is by Moor Girl, a painter, illustrator and self-described “Etsy addict”.

Some other work by this artist can be found [  HERE ]

Since we have lovingly borrowed this image, we cannot offer a Kindle/Nook version of it, so we’ll re-issue this one:You Can't Spell "Literature" Without T & A

PICTURE OF THE WEEK (FEB 8th)

Photo by PEZ

Caught in a not-so-innocent moment, Michelle L’amour and Greta Layne show us what it’s really like to be super-famous naked girls.

If you need proof that reading can be fun, here it is…80 PROOF!

This extra-special threesome (Michelle, Greta and Jack) was brought to you by PEZ.

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PICTURE OF THE WEEK (FEB 1)

Photo by Mike White

This photo of Greta Layne was taken by Mike White  at his studio in Chicago.  On a brisk fall day, the Naked Girls got together to frolic among a pile of literature.

This is definitely proof that the books aren’t the only things that are stacked.

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PICTURE OF THE WEEK (JAN 25)

This photograph is part of a series entitled “The Love Poem” by David Lebeck. His stunning sensual photography often captures women in their most intimate moments.

For this particular series, Lebeck had the model Wenona “interpret her feelings while reading a love poem”. The results are masterful, intimate and show us what a naked girl reading is all about.

There are several more photographs from this series at Lebeck’s website. Full disclosure ,though, they get sensually intense.

PICTURE OF THE WEEK (JAN 18)

Drawing in pencils and gouache by Felicien Rops.

This piece is by artist Felicien Rops, a Belgian artist and printmaker in the 19th Century. Obviously, since we don’t own the rights to the image, we can’t offer a Kindle/Nook wallpaper version.

A biography of Rops from Wikipedia:

“Rops was born in Namur in 1833, and was educated at the University of Brussels. Rops’s forte was drawing more than painting in oils; he first won fame as a caricaturist. He met Charles Baudelaire towards the end of Baudelaire’s life in 1864, and Baudelaire left an impression upon him that lasted until the end of his days. Rops created the frontispiecefor Baudelaire’sLes Épaves, a selection of poems from Les Fleurs du mal that had been censored in France, and which therefore were published in Belgium.

Rops’s association with Baudelaire and with the art he represented won his work the admiration of many other writers, including Théophile Gautier, Alfred de Musset, Stéphane Mallarmé, Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly, and Joséphin Péladan. He was closely associated with the literary movement of Symbolism and Decadence. Like the works of the authors whose poetry he illustrated, his work tends to mingle sex, death, and Satanic images. Felicien Rops was one of the founding members of Les XX.

Rops’s eyesight began to fail in 1892. He kept up his literary associations until his death.

Félicien Rops was a freemason and a member of the Grand Orient of Belgium.[1]

Rops’s “pornographic prints” are mentioned in the Angela Carter short story “The Bloody Chamber“.”

PICTURE OF THE WEEK (JAN 11)

Photo by Don Spiro

This photo of Michelle L’amour was taken by Don Spiro at Madame X in New York. She is reading an antique book titled “Come Into My Parlor” written by Charles Washburn in 1932.

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