Art Nouveau

Aubrey Beardsley was a leading figure in the Aesthetic movement which also included Oscar Wilde and James A. McNeill Whistler. Beardsley’s contribution to the development of the Art Nouveau and poster styles was significant, despite the brevity of his career before his early death from tuberculosis.

Chandeliers

Origin unknown.

Historical Lesbian Romance

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Vintage Femdom Worship Art

Jim

Seductive Mermaids

L’Enticement de L’Ondine by Leo Fontan.
Born in 1884, Leo Fontan collaborated with many newspapers such as The Parisian Life , The Smile and Fantasio. He also drew posters and designed sets for the Folies Bergère. He designed furniture and the decoration of cruise ships including Aramis in 1931. Fontan died in 1965.

Interesting Light

Jennifer Pugh photographed by Liu Zongyuan for Vision China, 2015.
So there is no confusion, Liu Zongyuan was also a Chinese writer and poet who lived during the Tang Dynasty. His courtesy name was Zihou.
A thousand mountains, no sign of birds in flight;
Ten thousand paths, no trace of human tracks.
In a lone boat, an old man, in rain hat and straw raincoat,
Fishing alone, in the cold river snow.

A Boy and his Chicken

A chicken whose name was Chantecler
Clucked in iambic pentameter
It sat on a shelf, reading Song of Myself
And laid eggs with a perfect diameter
” – Richard Maxson
Origin of photo unknown. Just a glimpse into an almost forgotten world.

Erotic Circus

Art Deco

La Bella Raphaella by Tamara de Lempicka
She is best known for her polished Art Deco portraits of aristocrats and the wealthy, and for her highly stylized paintings of nudes.
Lempicka placed high value on working to produce her own fortune, famously saying, “There are no miracles, there is only what you make.” She took this personal success and created a hedonistic lifestyle for herself, accompanied by intense love affairs within high society. She often used formal and narrative elements in her portraits, and her nude studies included themes of desire and seduction. In the 1920s, she became closely associated with lesbian and bisexual women in writing and artistic circles, among them Violet Trefusis, Vita Sackville-West, and Colette. She also became involved with Suzy Solidor, a nightclub singer at the Boîte de Nuit, whose portrait she later painted.
She moved to Mexico in 1974, where she died in 1980. At her request, her ashes were scattered over the Popocatépetl volcano. Somehow, that gesture was appropriate to a woman who lived an often fiery life but lived it exactly the way she wanted!

Ode to Pubic Hair

Another Polaroid from the secret collection of Italian architect Carlo Mollino. The pictures were discovered posthumously.
Gwerful Mechain is one of the most famous female Welsh-language poets. Also, the only female medieval Welsh poet from whom a substantial body of work has survived.
Probably the most famous part of her work today is her erotic poetry, especially Cywydd y Cedor (“Ode to the Pubic Hair”), a poem praising the vulva. It is a work in which she upbraids male poets for celebrating so many parts of a woman’s body. “Let songs about the quim circulate,” she adjures her readers. As to the pubic hair: “Lovely bush, God save it.” Yes, let’s save it! If you want to read the poem, you can find it here.