05/07/2016 15:43 BST | Updated 05/07/2016 15:44 BST

21 Times People Got Naked At Inappropriate Times In Art History

"Make a painting; it will last longer."

Bouguereau was desperately trying to paint a wave, but Lydia was not having it. (William-Adolphe Bouguereau, "The Wave," 1896)

In these prime summer days, clothes can often seem like a cruel, sweaty burden. An unnecessary layer holding you back from your true potential. If only you could rip the itchy fabric from your flesh and dance free like the nature baby you were born to be! Then you'd be free, you'd be au natural, you'd be ... probably, pretty inappropriate and awkward, but awesomely so. 

Art history contains a long tradition of people getting naked at the most unlikely of times. At a picnic, chilling with friends, fighting a dragon, kissing your dog by the seashore -- there is literally no time too improper for these painted subjects to strip down and strike a pose. 

In honor of summer and nudity and art, behold 21 times (including the painting above) people in paintings got naked at really weird times. Not. Suitable. For. Work. 

This is one of those dreams when you're suddenly naked and surrounded by wild cats.

Henri Rousseau, "The Dream," 1910

"Can you pass the butt? The butter. I meant butter."

Edouard Manet, "Le déjeuner sur l'herbe," 1862–1863

Amanda thinks you should make a painting. It will last longer.

William-Adolphe Bouguereau, "Baigneuse," 1825

"Are you gonna smile for this one?" 

"No. Are you gonna wear clothes?"


Gustav Klimt, "Die Freundinnen," 1916

When you show up at a party wearing the same thing.

Jean Metzinger, "Two Nudes in an Exotic Landscape," 1905-06 

Carol brought the fruit platter, guys.

Paul Gauguin, "Two Tahitian Women," 1899

"So awkward you had to rescue me like this." 

John Everett Millais, "The Knight Errant," 1870

"Wait, you mean I'm naked too?"

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, "Oedipus and the Sphinx," 1808

Laura has definitely arrived. 

Sandro Botticelli, "Calumny of Apelles," 1495

TFW you realize every body is a beach body.

Henri Matisse, "Le bonheur de vivre," 1905

Lindsey and her dog do everything together.

Gustave Courbet, "Nude Woman with a Dog," 1861

There's nothing like getting your coiffure done in the nude.

Henri Matisse, "La coiffure," 1907


Peter Paul Rubens, "Het toilet van Venus," 1613

Venus doesn't need your ugly pink blanket, Tiffany.

Sandro Botticelli, "The Birth of Venus," 1486

This jacket came a size too small, but Helene DGAF.

Peter Paul Rubens, "Porträt der Hélène Fourment," 1638

"Do these shoes go with my labia?"

Gustave Courbet, "Woman with White Stockings," 1846

Gorilla's like, what?

Gustav Klimt, "Der Beethovenfries," 1902

Come on, we've all seen "Game of Thrones."

Frederic Leighton, "Perseus and Andromeda," 1891

"Roger, ughhhh, we were just talking."

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, "Roger Delivering Angelica," 1819

If you're not staring at the giant predatory bird in the background of this painting, you're doing something wrong.

Peter Paul Rubens, "Jupiter and Callisto," 1613

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 herehereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehere and here.