Bijou Gets Undressed 6 is a print by Julian Opie from his 2004 Bijou Gets Undressed series that shows a woman taking off her jeans in a sequence of five poses. On her top half Bijou wears only a bra and removes her clothes in a highly sexualised set of poses and gestures. Like many of Opie’s images of women, this is a provocative composition that appeals to the erotic fantasies of the assumed male viewer.
Rendered in Opie’s characteristic simplified style, Bijou Gets Undressed 6 shows the figures in bold, black line against a white backdrop with blank circles floating above their body as a head and defined only by an outline of clothing. This is indicative of Opie’s desire to create a syntax of signs from the human form, retaining a basic form but including small details that reveal something unique about the model. Consequently, the figures in Bijou Gets Undressed 6 are ambiguous and alluring.
Opie’s use of simplified form combined with a highly realistic sense of movement derived from photographs, works to produce tension between abstraction and realism that makes his works so unique. Movement is extremely important in Opie’s oeuvre and is a feature that the artist uses to create a sense of individuality in his featureless figures.