Welcome to the world of 18th Century lingerie! Today we’ll see a painting by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, a French artist who lived during the 18th Century. He was one of the most important artists of the Rococo period, and in his paintings was able to capture the essence of the fashion and life of his time. Today we’ll see his most famous painting, “L’Escarpolette” (“The Swing”), but I encourage you to take a look at his other paintings!
About 2 years ago, when I was finishing my Art History degree, I chose an elective course about contemporary Latin-American art, and I discovered a lot of really talented artists! I had heard some things before about the inimitable Frida Kahlo, but names like Orozco, Rivera and Siqueiros were almost new to me (and many, many others!). I learned about the colorful world of the Mexican muralism, its striking imagery and its rich folklore. One of the folkloric elements that those artists used was the “Catrina“, a skull that symbolises the goddess Mictecacihuatl, “The Lady of Death”. (You can see a famous painting by Diego Rivera depicting the Catrina here)
So, the moment I saw this fabric all my student memories came back to me: I could do nothing but buy it! 😉 Isn’t it gorgeous? Now I’m doing the finishing touches to the skirt I’ve made with it (I’ll blog about it soon!) but the left over fabric was still too pretty to throw it away. What could I do? Yes, you’re right: a bra! 😛
When I was looking for images for the new Lingerie & Art series, I came across some illustrators that specialized on lingerie ads. So, I started to dig in and… about 10 hours later I was still browsing the internet like crazy and looking for more wonderful, beautiful and sometimes hilarious vintage lingerie ads. Because, let me tell you, once you go down the rabbit hole of vintage ads, your life will never be the same.
And that’s why I decided to make a series dedicated to them, starting today with a roundup of some of the funniest and quirkiest vintage lingerie ads that I could find!
New section on the blog! Lingerie and Art, because I’m an Art Historian, after all! 😉
Here I’ll be posting artworks which showcase lingerie or loungewear garments, so in following posts we’ll see paintings by Tolousse Lautrec, Egon Schiele or François Boucher. But today we’ll start with the photographer Ernest James Bellocq (1873-1949). Why him? Because he‘s a less known artist and, as you will see, he was quite peculiar. (Also, I don’t like doing things in a chronological order. Or in any order at all xD).