Tuesday, April 29, 2008

First Republic Women

I've now returned from the weekend's jaunt to Northwestern (just outside Chicago) for the annual Czech Workshop. There were two full days' worth of interesting papers on all things Czech, ranging chronologically from (if memory serves me) the 19th century to the present. Mine was on First Republic visual imagery of women in periodicals and fine art, and without further ado I give you a few of the pictures I showed:

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Blogger Kristen said...

The woman in the cabaret ad looks startlingly like Konstantin Somov's erotic drawings of 18th century ladies.

April 30, 2008 6:45 AM  
Anonymous Dirk said...

Interesting images. Could you translate the captions of the cartoons?

April 30, 2008 7:07 PM  
Blogger Karla said...

I confess I hadn't been thinking of Somov. I don't suppose the Czech artist knew his work, but admittedly this is the only thing I've run across in this sort of pseudo-18th-century style.

As for the captions, the only one of interest (the first one) is just what we might expect: the older ladies want to know what makes the young one's beautiful laundry so nice and fragrant, and she tells them that all you have to do is buy the right detergent. The second caption notes that the couple are in a Slovak train station waiting room, which is not really a surprise either (the source was a leftist Slovak magazine called Dav).

May 01, 2008 3:57 AM  

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