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The Great American Nude
From the idyllic abstraction of nature and the mysterious wild landscape, The Great American Nude refers to the primitive beauty shown in various contexts, qualities that can appear regularly veiled but emerge through the camera viewfinder as a photographic vision.

The aesthetic concept of the sublime and the relationship that this had with the landscape genre during the development of Romanticism, appears portrayed incommensurably in the rocky and arid landscapes, unmistakable characteristics of the Southwestern United States, main stage for these photographs.

Harmony of the grandiose and the exaltation of nature and passion, gives a sweeping and sentimental new vision of beauty, which is displayed implicitly in the nude, an element that conveys a taste for intimate and suggestive forms.

As for the Romantic for whom nature was a source of evocation and intellectual stimulation, this photographic series has among its references and sources of inspiration the poem “Klubla Khan” by British writer Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The natural environment is presented as the ideal scenario for both physical and mental pleasure, showing beauty and the sublime in communion with the human figure, which appears smaller amidst the immeasurable. This also, establishes a link with a main reference of Romanticism, the German painter Caspar David Friedrich´s work “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog” an image of a minute man contemplating the great vastness of nature. The human figure is isolated in a wild and suggestive context, an aspect we can see in these photographs.
Miguel Soler-Roig © 2017 All rights reserved · CLICWOW