Body aesthetic in Lucian Freud's work and its implications for life education

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This paper investigates Lucian Freud's paintings and its implications for life education. Freud was a famous British artist, and known as the "nude painter" for his rich works of portraits and nudes. Classical nude paintings presented an idealized beautiful body, Freud showed ugly but "true" natural body instead. Freud aims to explore and express deep psychology and inner world of human, not just their beautiful appearance. Freud asks people not to concentrate on colors but "colors of life" in his works. Freud's paintings disclosure diverse meanings of life. We should lead students to learn to reflect, respect and accept different presentations of body and life. According to meanings of Freud's works, this paper indicates three implications for life education: 1. to teach students to contemplate and explore their own physical characteristics. 2. To refect the media's discipline on body and inquire diverse life stories. 3. To use teaching of the ugly body painting to decrease problems of bullying at school.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-39
Number of pages39
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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