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Sat Nov 22 02:10:27 SAST 2014

Sienna Miller poses nude for pregnancy portrait

Bang Showbiz | 07 November, 2012 11:46
A nude portrait of Sienna Miller by artist Jonathan Yeo, just weeks before she gave birth to her daughter Marlowe. The artist has praised her "courage and self-confidence" for agreeing to strip off.

Sienna Miller posed nude for a portrait by artist Jonathan Yeo just weeks before she gave birth to her daughter Marlowe, and the artist has praised her "courage and self-confidence" for agreeing to strip off.

The 30-year-old actress posed for British artist Jonathan Yeo in July shortly before her due date, letting him capture her in the later stages of her pregnancy.

Jonathan - whose previous work includes paintings of Dennis Hopper and Nicole Kidman - described the portrait as a "tribute to [Sienna's] courage and self-confidence" and praised her for stripping off for the artwork.

He said: "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.

"Sienna is usually so petite and a wonderful fashion clotheshorse and the fact she is transformed means it has all the more impact."

Sienna - who gave birth to her first child with actor Tom Sturridge, daughter Marlowe, in the same month - first met the artist in Los Angeles, California, eight years ago and the pair have remained close friends since.

This portrait will be the sixth she has sat for in his London studio and Jonathan thinks it is the most important artwork so far.

He said: "This is the most powerful so far. There is a nervousness about it. I think it's the anticipation of becoming a parent."

His painting of Sienna will go on display from Thursday for three months as part of the '(I've Got You) Under My Skin' exhibition at the Circle Culture Gallery in Berlin, Germany.

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