Introduction: This is an entry in Cohencentric’s Leonard Cohen On Nakedness series. The origin of this investigation of Leonard Cohen’s thoughts on nakedness and his employment of “naked” and its equivalents in his songs, poems, art, and novels can be found at “I love to see you naked” Leonard Cohen On Nakedness.
A Man Never Gets Over The First Sight Of A Naked Woman
Leonard’s drawing of a nude woman atop this post is entitled “My First Wife.” The following excerpt is from Stina Lundberg’s 2001 interview with Leonard Cohen:
Stina Lundberg: You wrote once that a man never gets over the first sight of a naked woman.
Leonard Cohen: I think that’s true, and certainly western art confirms that. And I love doing nudes also, drawings, and I marvel at the insistence of that mechanism that is placed in us, because it never disappears, and one is always shocked, stunned, surprised, delighted by that apparition of “the other”, especially at the height of her reproductive capacities, that youth, that promise, that vitality – that is the great sustaining energy in the human situation. So no, we’re designed not to grow tired. We don’t get a chance to see it that often as we get older, but when we do – and of course the culture completely understands that, so it’s continually presenting us with pictures, whether they actually occur in the flesh in our lives it’s really not important anymore, because there’s so many opportunities to see beauty, to see beautiful people. They’re on the screen, they’re on the billboards, they’re everywhere, and that – I don’t see that as some sort of indication of the degeneration of our civilisation, I see it as the affirmation of that mechanism that is in all of us.
A sampling of Leonard’s drawings of nudes follows:
The Bath by Leonard Cohen
Message written by Leonard Cohen at Museo Casa Natal FGL, the birthplace of Federico García Lorca in Granada. I’m especially taken by the arrow through the two hearts with the initials of Federico García Lorca and Leonard Norman Cohen.
Note: Originally posted January 22, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric