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

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Black and White Venus by Andre de Dienes (1913-1985)



At a time when the depiction of pubic hair, even in art photography, was very rare this nineteen fifties photograph by Hungarian Andre de Dienes (born Andor György Ikafalvi-Dienes) packs an assertive punch.  Born in Transylvania (now part of Romania but then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire) in 1913, after a sojourn to Tunisia. where he bought his first camera, he arrived in Paris at the age of twenty to study art and also began photographing for magazines.   In 1938 he was offered a job at Esquire magazine which funded his emigration to the US.  Apart from fashion and portrait photography (he did a famous set of pictures of a nineteen year old Norma Jean Baker in 1945 and they had a brief affair) he did a lot of nude work after he moved to California in 1944.

More of his splendid beach nudes another time.

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