Monday, July 27, 2009

Lesbia and her Sparrows

Lesbia (1878) by the British painter John Reinhard Weguelin (1849-1927).

Weguelin was a typical Victorian artist and used mostly this popular neo-classical style.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Tired Femme Fatale

Albayde (1848) by the French painter Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889).

It's a nearly perfect drawn picture. The name is taken from Orientalist poem and refers to an odalisque. Cabanel shows this lethargic and content figure as an object of visual pleasure.
She is lazy, seductive but also dangerous, she's a real femme fatale.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Nude Painting

Chloé (1875) by the French painter Jules Joseph Lefebvre (1836-1911).

The painting won in Paris two gold medals and was later exhibited in Australia, where its nudity caused some severe scandals. Later it was purchased by an ex-digger for the then enormous sum of £800.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


One more of the sweet girls by the French painter Guillaume Seignac (1870-1924).


It's easy to say that Seignac is pure kitsch. But I find him very interesting. At first he's a real academic painter of the late 19th century who has his roots deep in the Rococo.
Second, you can discover in this painting signs of Art Deco and of Pin-Up art.

So in my humble opinion Seignac is a real missing link!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Eva (1889) by the Polish painter Pantaleon Szyndler (1846-1905).

I can't avoid the thoughts that this naive childish model hasn't much to do with the great seductress, the very first in history.
For me the whole thing is a lame excuse to sell a political correct nude painting.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Salammbô (1910)

The French painter Gaston Bussière (1862-1929) is citing here the protagonist of the very popular historical novel by Gustave Flaubert.

Sunday, July 5, 2009


Cleopatra by the French neoclassical painter Jean-Baptiste Regnault (1754-1825).

Regnault painted here a historical subject. But this effort emphasizes only how much he stayed in his time. Cleopatra looks a lot like these women of the Napoleonic era. So was more an excuse to paint a woman in such a lascivious pose. She's more the Vamp of a contemporary salon than a historical person.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Théodore Chassériau

Susanna bathing (1839) by the French painter Théodore Chassériau (1819-1856).

Chassériau treats this old biblical subject in a more exotic and orientalistic manner. That was the new romantic view.