“Flesh is just the most beautiful thing to paint,”  Jenny Saville  says, [2]  and her work is indeed one big showcase of voluptuous, vulnerable human flesh. The formality of her figurative paintings would have you believe that Saville means to leave it at that: a stunning panorama of naked bodies. But what makes flesh so imperfectly human is its flaws, and in these paintings the flaws are arrayed like a  secret treasure map the artist creates to lead us across expanses of familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, territory. The effect can be staggering.

“Flesh is just the most beautiful thing to paint,” Jenny Saville says,[2] and her work is indeed one big showcase of voluptuous, vulnerable human flesh. The formality of her figurative paintings would have you believe that Saville means to leave it at that: a stunning panorama of naked bodies. But what makes flesh so imperfectly human is its flaws, and in these paintings the flaws are arrayed like a secret treasure mapthe artist creates to lead us across expanses of familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, territory. The effect can be staggering.