CULTURE & ARTS

These 28 Nudes Are Here To Assure You Every Body Is A Beach Body

Hit the waves in whatever physical form you happen to take.

We've said it before: having a body -- whether tall or short, cis or transgender, ostomized, hirsute, voluptuous, small-boned or whichever adjective feels most apt -- is the only prerequisite for having a "beach body."

Still, baring more skin than you're used to come June can make some feel less than confident. To help, we gathered 28 instances of many-bodied babes in paintings that illustrate the beauty in the human form, regardless of how you happen to take up space in this world.

For centuries, art students have studied faces and bare bodies as practice for understanding proportion and human form, so what better place to look for beachy celebrations of our buck-naked selves?

  • Paul Gauguin, "Nude woman among the waves," 1889
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  • Félix Vallotton, "Femme nue dormant au bord de l'eau," 1921
    Vallotton, Femme nue dormant au bord de l'eau ( Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg )
  • Otto Mueller, "Three nude figures in the wood," 1911
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  • Gustave Courbet, "The Spring," 1868
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  • Edvard Munch, "Bathing Men," 1907-08
    Edvard Munch - Bathing Men, Ateneum (1907)
  • Charles Maurin, "Les fleurs du mal," 1891
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  • Unknown, "Tomb of the Diver"
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  • Paul Gauguin, "Aha Oe Feii? (Are you jealous?)," 1892
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  • Felix Vallotton, "The Bath: Summer Evening," 1982-83
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  • Otto Mueller, "Bathers" circa 1917
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  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir, "The Bathers," 1918-19
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  • Bernardino Luini, "Young women bathing," 1520-1525
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  • Pan Yuliang, "After the bath," 1964
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  • Félix Vallotton, "Frau mit Dienstmagd beim Baden," 1896
    Valloton Frau mit Dienstmagd beim Baden
  • Renato Birolli, "Naked Woman with Black Veil," 1941
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  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, "Group of swimmers," 1909
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  • Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923), "Ninos jugando en la playa Valencia"
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  • Emile Bernard, "Bathers," 1889
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  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, "Girl under a Japanese Umbrella," 1909
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  • Francois Boucher, "Diana leaving the bathroom," 1742
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  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, "Reclining Blue Nude in a Straw Hat," 1909
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  • Paul Cézanne, "Bathers," 1898-1905
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  • Gustave, Courbet, "The Woman in the Waves," 1868
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  • Paul Gauguin, "Tahitian women on the beach," 1892
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  • Paul Cezanne, "The Diver," 1867-70
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  • Pablo Picasso, "Female Nude at the Beach," 1963
    Geoff Caddick/PA Archive
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938), "Fünf badende am See"
    Kirchner - Fünf badende am See

Of course, this is just the tip of the (mostly Western, male-oriented) art canon iceberg. For more on how contemporary art is embracing diverse bodies of all genders and races, see projects here, here, here, here, here and here.

Every so often, HuffPost Arts & Culture attempts to bring to light a few forgotten gems with our light-hearted look back at art history. For past examples see herehereherehereherehereherehereherehere and here. 

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Nude Hand-colored Daguerreotype From 1850's