Erotic depictions of women in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography from the dawn of man to the present.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Venus in Black Stockings 6: Madame Bovary by Umberto Brunelleschi

Umberto Brunelleschi (1879-1949) was one of the finest illustrators of the first half of the Twentieth Century; working for everyone from La Vie Parisienne to the Folies Bergère and producing book and magazine illustrations, company logos and even theatrical costumes.  He deserves a much longer entry but in the meantime here is his enticing Madame Bovary.  No wonder a woman like this gets bored with her provincial life.

This is one of his illustrations from an edition of  Flaubert's masterpiece which was published in 1953 by Gilbert Jeune in Paris.  We first read the book (out loud) to a girlfriend at University, at her request, who lounged around wearing stockings and an ornate peignoire while we did so.  A most satisfying process!

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