An Utah elementary art teacher just got fired after students saw European paintings depicting nudity in his class.
What happened? The teacher from a small place outside of Salt Lake City, said the art on postcards he distributed among the students, led to a classroom pornography complaint.
Concluding his lesson at local Elementary School, he let his students look over a set of about 100 cards featuring world famous artworks — about three or four of which portrayed nudity, he told the local newspaper.
Alongside well-known pieces such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers were a few prints of works such as Francois Boucher’s Odalisque, an 18th-century partial nude of a woman lounging.
This happens just shortly after a surprising petition, gaining almost 10.000 signatures in less than a week, that asked NYC’s MET to remove a 80 years old painting by Polish artist Balthus, depicting a young girl.