Three Bathers 2/5

$399.00

  • From a limited edition of 5 archival photographs
  • Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
  • Image: 18×27 inches/46×69 cm
  • Paper: 20×29 inches/51×74 cm

Limited availability (4 remaining)

In this original fine art nude, three bathers occupy a watery tableau. Identical twins stretch their arms overhead, while a third sibling gazes downward. The unmatched pair stand together, one indulging in the moment as the other gives her a loose, underwater embrace. The nude to the right reaches upward and looks out at us with clear, blue eyes. Her hands are together, as are those of the left-most character.

Light rakes across the image from right to left, rendering distinct shadows on the even features of the twins and shading the face of the third sister. Meandering lines of opalescent reflections snake through the expanse of sapphire and emerald-colored water. The ripples are nondescript; a quilt of abstract patterns that merge to define the surface of the water. Without the presence of the women, the scale of the waves might not be apparent.

The lighting and colors add drama to this dreamlike narrative. Each figure in the trio play a distinct role in the allegory. Although the piece exhibits bold sensuality, the lower halves of the nudes are obscured by the water.

Beads of water stream down each nude woman, evidence of surfacing from a recent plunge. Their dark hair, slicked back, contrasts with fair skin, just as brilliant sunlight sparkles on the deep blue and turquoise water. The water is clear, yet with no bottom or edge in sight.

Water has been used symbolically in art, representing baptism and rituals, emotions such as joy or surrender, physical love, and the natural world. While the interpretation is subjective, many people find a powerful connection to water. This original fine art nude composition reveals three personalities, each distinct but similar. The first is introspective, the second compassionate, and the third extroverted.

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