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Click for enlarged and detailed views. Beau

24 x 18¼ pastel on pastel paper
completed December 21, 2008
released March 10, 2009

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As with numerous other species, are human males the more beautiful of the two sexes? Are men peacocks? Most societies celebrate the aesthetics of the female form over that of the male, so why is it women who wear makeup and perform a myriad of other rituals just to look prettier? If men did the same, would they be considered equally as beautiful? Or perhaps they don't because it simply isn't necessary.

This piece, the first in my series of Natural Beauties, won the 2009 Erotic Signature art contest in the Fine Art category.

Lo in ND said:
He is beautiful! Real men CAN wear pink if they choose too!
Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 01:40 PM
smharcrow said:
"He loves me...he loves me not...He LOVES ME!"
Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 04:01 PM
Lance said:
Wow, Michael!! Thank you so much for creating Beau! I am a licensed Manicurist and I happen to LOVE wearing nail polish! Beau is so completely and totally cool... it's just too bad we can't see what color he's using on his toes! Keep up the GREAT work Michael! You are an inspiration to me!
Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 06:12 PM
Goran Sparrman said:
Jungle-Red!
Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 07:26 PM
djsdad said:
I would like to paint Beau's Town Red....
Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 08:08 PM
Jambrea said:
I'm not sure. I will say, my son likes to paint his toe nails. He is...6. lol He uses clear and paints his finger nails too. Because he likes it. Personally...if it makes you feel beautiful...I think you should go for it. Who cares what others say. I think men - at least to me - would be considered equally as beautiful if they got dolled up. :) If an individual feels beautiful...I think that shows. Make up or no make up. Male or female. :)
Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 08:52 PM
Michael Breyette (the artist) said:
If you look closely you can see blue polish coating the applicator. I'm a bit traditional, boys should wear blue toenail polish. :-)
Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:01 AM
GeoffHall said:
"This little piggy went to market. This little piggy stayed home. This little piggy...."
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Dougster said:
- Who's a pretty boy then!! -
Monday, May 16, 2011 at 06:06 AM
Bart in the STL: said:
Little Boy Blue come blow my horn......after you finish painting your nails of course. HOTTTTT!
Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Dane said:
I love this one Michael! Beau's eyes are intense with concentration and his fingers and toes are so detailed! I'm also a sucker for that warm background. Very well done Mr. Breyette!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 01:11 PM
Jimmy said:
The guys on Rupaul's Drag Race have nothing on Beau. He is one of the hottest studs in your stable, Michael.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 01:25 PM
Michael in WNC said:
God its great to be gay. It is so multi-dimensional. I get to be a guy when I want and oh.......so much more.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Sigrid said:
It's a shame that current ideas of masculinity still disparage the art of making one's self up to feel more beautiful, especially since history is riddled with powerful men in make-up. But as long as artists like you continue to challenge the public ideal with work like this, there's always hope. This, especially. The contrast of his rugged features with the delicacy of the polish only heightens its effectiveness in my opinion.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 12:54 AM
Frenchman in SF said:
A man staring at you intensely, all naked, Vulnerable as he exposes to all his sole, Sensual, stopped in the moment, distracted, And time takes a pause, touching our soul.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 01:01 AM
Michael in MS said:
I love the painting as all of the artwork completed by you. To me this shows so much more than just painting your toenails. I shows a total understanding and acceptance of your true self. Quite peaceful. Michael
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 07:29 AM
poohbear said:
the intensity and gorgeous arc of the eyebrows, leaves me breathless...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 01:55 PM
fulmaty said:
You can tell by the eyes that he is secure enough in his masculinity and feels comfortable enough to paint his toenails without caring what other people will think. Beauty comes from the inside.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Felixpetrov said:
Like kissing when I have a pedicure? I will give thee the fun!
Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 02:10 PM
sillyrabbit521 said:
"Does this nail polish make my toes look fat? Sure hope not!"
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 11:35 PM