Ava floats freely, surrounded by sparkling blue water. Tiny waves and droplets turn the water into a jewel-like surface. Notes of Swiss and London blue topaz dominate the palette. The nude woman’s warm-tone, rosy body stands out against the cool hues. The water is saturated with color almost to the point of a velvety texture in some places. The contrast fades gently at her edges, where she sinks.
Art Nude Symbolism
This artwork is an allusion to joy, freedom, and indulgence. This limited edition art nude is also alive with references to flowing serenity. Water splashes gently where the woman’s knee kicks through the surface. The surface at her sides is a mix of ripples and reflections. Her hair floats weightlessly beneath her arm and hand. Each action is slow and restful.
Perhaps the most compelling aspect of this design, rivaling the kicking leg, is the nude woman’s face. Her head is lifted out of the water, turned slightly away from view. Our vantage is from above: she is moving towards us.
The cropping of this image is intimate. The viewer occupies the immediate vicinity of the swimmer. We share this experience with her, hovering rather than viewing from a distance.
The composition contains curiously precise vertical and horizontal alignments. The easiest alignment to recognize is the portion of her arm that is above the water. This forearm is positioned at a remarkably horizontal angle, parallel to the bottom edge of the frame. A straight vertical can be drawn down from the center of her raised knee down her torso.
This limited edition art nude is from an edition of 10 numbered photographs at full size, two artist’s proofs, and one small printer’s proof.
Contrast this with other nude swimmer artwork that shows the figure in a horizontal orientation.