Total Pageviews

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

TWO FOR ONE EROTIC PAINTING (19th century)



GUEST BLOG / By the Public Domain Review--This wonderfully unique object, from the collection of Henry Wellcome, stands perhaps as something of an embodiment itself of the nineteenth century’s complex attitudes to sex — at first glance exuding nothing but chasteness of a bowl of fruit, but upon closer inspection revealing a much saucier substratum.

And indeed, it is perhaps not entirely inappropriate that with this multi-layered painting the eye alone won’t do: one must get up close and personal and use one’s hands. Contrary to first impressions, the painting is actually made up of a wooden slat slid into the frame in such a way as to show purest vision to the world.

About the artist — given only as “Sommonte” — not so much is known, but the object is thought to have been produced in Naples, Italy, at some point in the 1800s.

-->


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

RETRO FILES / IMAGE PAR ROBERT DOISNEAU

PLACE DU MARCHE SAINT-HONORE, 1945 PAR ROBERT DOISNEAU
Paris, 1940s Par Robert Doisneau

Le Cafe Rogerville, 1956 Par Robert Doisneau
Le Cordonnerie, Paris, 1974 Par Robert Doisneau