A nude portrait of a very pregnant Sienna Miller has been unveiled as part of a Berlin exhibition by famed artist Jonathan Yeo. The exhibit, (I’ve Got You) Under My Skin, is mainly focused on patients undergoing cosmetic surgery.
The exhibition’s catalog explains, “This portrait of Sienna was painted a few weeks before the birth of her baby Marlowe… I wanted an image that epitomised the human body in its most naturally beautiful state to make the sharpest possible contrast with my other paintings in this exhibition, which document patients undergoing cosmetic surgery in a bid to help them conform to societal notions of beauty.”
Miller, 30, posed for the painting just weeks before giving birth to her baby girl, Marlowe.
The Berlin exhibition, Yeo noted, was the perfect place to unveil the painting. “It made sense to me to unveil this image for the first time in Germany, a country with a very relaxed attitude to nudity, where it is not automatically sexualised or deemed scandalous,” the author commented.
“The power of the painting partly lies in the fact that Sienna is widely regarded as being one of the most naturally beautiful actresses in the world as well as being a fashion icon to a generation of girls,” Yeo added.
Yeo remarks on Miller’s confident expression of her body during pregnancy, and givers her accolades for her boldness. “It is a tribute to her courage and self-confidence that she agreed to sit for this. I can think of many figures whose public currency in part revolves around their appearance, who would prefer to hide themselves away for nine months.”
The British artist, who painted a portrait of Miller in 2010, commented of his latest work, “I hope this painting also captures some of that moment of transition between youth and parenthood – a combination of excitement and trepidation and vulnerability – which is an inevitable part of the cycle of life.”
The full portrait can be seen on Yeo’s website.