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It is hard to compare “The Venus of Willendorf,” the “Aphrodite of Kindos,” and the “Yakshi” sculptures based on their religious uses or their respective time periods, which range from 25,000 B.C. to 30 A.D. However, it is safe to say that the female nude has been around for a very long time. “The Venus of Willendorf” depicts a faceless woman with large legs, stomach, and breasts. Her arms rest atop her breasts, and she …

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…natural settings as can only be seen and fully appreciated through the eye of the artist. The statement of Matisse, “the father of all of us,” then must be understood as a sincere compliment to Cezanne’s work with color, composition, and transition of both dimensional structure, and structural fluidity and adaptation of nature. All were concepts that Matisse would study, mutate and expand upon on his journey into his own minds eye. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Bibliography**