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

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Venus in Black Stockings 8: illustrations by Leo Fontan (1884-1965)

"In olden days a glimpse of stocking, 
Was looked on as something shocking"

 Or so wrote Cole Porter for his song "Anything Goes" in 1934.  From a decade earlier than this come these splendid illustrations by Leo Fontan.

Fontan was a French illustrator born in the Ardennes in Northern France but was brought up in the Touraine in the Loire Valley.  He attended l' École supérieure des beaux-arts de Tours from 1900 until 1903.  

He did book and magazine illustration, working for La Vie Parisienne, Le Sourire, Fantasio and others.  He designed furniture and sets and costumes for the Folies Bergère.  He also worked on the interior design of the Messageries Maritimes  liner Aramis which first sailed in 1932 and produced posters for the French Line shipping company.

Later in his life he concentrated on portraits, still life and landscapes.  He continued painting until his death in 1965 at the age of eighty.

These splendidly objectified paintings of women's legs in black stockings were produced in about 1925 and were issued as a set of postcards, as was very popular in France at the time.

They sum up, particularly well, the visual and tactile appeal of stockings, with the smooth elegance of the elongated limbs contrasting with frilly layers of lace against bare skin.

This one is particularly slutty, causing us to wonder what the young lady can have been getting up to to leave her in such a dishevelled state.  In most of these pictures the girls are still wearing garters to hold up their stockings but at least one shows the comparatively recently adopted suspenders.

For Triple P, this is the finest of the set; with those enticing slices of thigh visible between black silk and fur trim.  Delicious!

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