Mar 1, 2017

Facebook blocks nude painting by acclaimed artist

Charles Blackman's oil work Women Lovers features two nude women resting on a bed beside a cat. Art broker Mossgreen tried to promote it on Facebook, but the social media network rejected it for "Advertising adult products or services". Facebook said its decision was final, although Mossgreen has since reposted images of the work. Last month, a French teacher took Facebook to court after it suspended his account for posting an image of a nude woman painted by 19th Century artist Gustave Courbet. Last year, Blackman's painting The Game of Chess was sold by Sotheby's Australia for A$1.78m. "Charles Blackman is the most well-regarded and respected living Australian artist," Mr Summer said.

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