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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Art of Style

Over the years, I have developed quite a little collection on my computer of art that I've discovered or rediscovered. One whole folder is dedicated to styling in art, paintings in which styling is the central feature or inspiration. I think it's interesting that to this day, ladies in varying states of 'undress' or 'dressing' maintain their appeal and continue to inspire artists worldwide.

Here are a few of my favorites...many of them were created understandably by Pin Up Artists, who have been celebrating the feminine lifestyle for decades. But some are 'fine' artists who were likewise moved to capture the aesthetic of beautifying oneself.

A New Hairstyle: by Norman Rockwell (1927)

Young Woman at the Mirror: by Berthe Morisot (year unknown)

I believe the following painting is supposed to depict a boy's first haircut, though I've always assumed it was a little girl. Being that it was painted in 1918, it's unlikely that a little gal would be getting a haircut or that her mother would condone such a thing.

The Haircut: by Norman Rockwell (1918)

Edward Degas (year unknown)

Waterhouse painted some of the most lyrically beautiful pictures of ladies at their toilette.

The Mermaid: by J.W. Waterhouse (1848-1917)

Mariana in the South by: J.W.Waterhouse (1897)

Woman at Mirror by Max Beckmann (1918-1920?)

Before the Date by: Norman Rockwell (1949)

by: Vaughan Aldan Bass (1940s?)

Woman Before the Mirror by: Titian (1515)

More Norman Rockwells...

Girl at Mirror (1954)

Going Out (1933)

More Pin Up Goodness:

Gil Elvgren (1950's)

Joyce Ballantyne (1945-1955)

Ernest Chiriaka (1953-1957)

Joe De Mers (year unknown)

Edward D'Ancona (1930s)

K.O Munson had some amazing pieces (no pun intended) and his work is often overlooked in the Pin Up field. The backing sketches make them especially frame-worthy.

Hopefully you enjoyed this little art show and it has further inspired you to set up an area that lends itself to creativity as well. Nothing else makes you feel quite so lady-like as a designated dressing room or table. :)


This post is sponsored and inspired by Kelly Grace Art. Make sure to visit her site by clicking the link to the right or here in this article.


Anonymous said...

Thank you sweetie! Have been SOOO looking forward to your next post - be it blog or youtube!!:) needed fine art inspiration for my wall too, so two biirds with one stone:) X

CoriLynn said...

That Gil Elvgren is one of my favorites. It hangs on the wall in my dressing room. So cute!
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