Victorian Headless Portraits
The Victorian era had many photographs, most of which showed the subject sitting or standing with a stern expression. Since photography was still in its infancy, photographers were experimenting with novel ways to create fun photos that differed from the norm. Animals acting human was one popular concept, and then came the headless portrait. Funny, strange and entertaining, a new genre of photography was born.
I had a Halloween costume like that once.
I was always under the impression, from having read biographies of Eakins as well as taking my share of Art History classes, that Eakins was not gay but unabashedly bisexual, with very little interest in hiding it nor limiting himself. There is also the issue with assuming that Eakins was trying to be subversive and divisive, which while it could very easily be true, ignores what Realism is really about. Realism, and Eakins’ work is undoubtedly Realist, touts the importance of the tangible, physical world and the idea that the natural world as it is, no matter how gritty and disorganized it might be, is truly beautiful.
~Stoya. (via masturbationdestination)
Tangentially related historical note: John Ruskin, the 19th century british painter, had never seen a woman naked before he married, only classical nude statues, so he assumed real women were just as smooth and hairless as the statues showed. He refused to touch his wife when she disrobed on their wedding night, saying she was revolting. She was understandably like ‘wtf is wrong with you brb filing for annulment’ and went on to marry his (former) bff and have a long happy marriage with 8 kids. Ruskin died alone and probably still never having gotten over the whole ‘women have hAIR’ thing.
THE MORAL HERE is that you shouldn’t be like John Ruskin b/c he was a tool and also that media has been delivering unrealistic images of female body hair for a depressingly long time. And that Stoya is absolutely right.
1. Igor Stravinsky, New York, NY (1946)
2. Francis Bacon (1975)
3 . Aaron Copland, Peekskill, NY (1959)
4. Arthur Miller, New York, NY (1947)
5. Georgia O’Keeffe, Ghost Ranch, NM (1968)
6. Man Ray, Paris, France (1948)
7. Otto Frank, Father of Anne Frank, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1960)
8. Jackson Pollock, Long Island, NY (1949)
9. Marcel Duchamp, New York, NY (1966)
10. Alberto Giacometti, Paris, France (1954)