Monday, June 29, 2009

Vintage Risque - Recent Additions

Newly restored/coloured images recently added to our 'Risque Temptresses' collection.
All these images are available as prints via our website. Click on individual pics above to see more details or to purchase.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Ballets Russes in Australia - 1936-1940

The National Library of Australia, Canberra.
The Ballets Russes in Australia - 1936-1940. Exhibition.

9 April - 27 September 2009

The National Library of Australia celebrates the centenary of Serge Diaghilev’s uniquely creative Ballets Russes (1909-1929) and the visits to Australia by three Ballets Russes companies under the artistic leadership of Colonel Wassily de Basil between 1936 and 1940. These companies traced their lineage back to Diaghilev’s company and were inheritors of much of the Diaghilev repertoire as well as engaging in innovative commissions of their own. They brought to Australia a panorama of dance, music and design on a scale not seen here before, significantly influencing the development of the arts, society and culture in this country.

The exhibition draws on the National Library’s comprehensive Ballets Russes collection - the nation’s largest - and also material from the Ballets Russes project partners and other Australian collecting institutions.

Iconic images by Max Dupain and documentary images by Hugh P Hall, along with art works by such artists as Len Annois, Daryl Lindsay, Francis Lymburner and Enid Dickson, dancer-choreographers Edouard Borovansky and Dorothy Stevenson tell the story of the Ballets Russes in Australia. Similarly, photographs taken by dancers and their admirers throughout the tours, show the dancers on stage, off stage and off duty.

Designs created in the wake of the Ballets Russes for the Kirsova, Borovansky and The Australian Ballets by William Constable and Kenneth Rowell – from the Barr Smith’s Keith Glennon Collection – provide an insight into the direct influence of the Ballets Russes designers Bakst, Benois, Gontcharova and Masson on Australia artists.

For Exhibition details see the Ballets Russes Exhibition Page.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Recent Additions: Some of our latest Vintage Beauties

Recent additions to our 'Femme Fatale' collection of vintage prints.
The images above are available as prints via our website. Click on individual pics above to see more details or to purchase.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Kurt Schwitters

Born today (June 20) in 1887, one of my favourite Dadaists - Kurt Schwitters - the German collage artist and poet, best known for his anarchic 'Merz' movement.

Anna Blume

O beloved of my twenty-seven senses, I
love your! - you ye you your, I your, you my.
- We?

This belongs (by the way) elsewhere.
Who are you, uncounted female? You are

- are you? People say you are, - let them

say on, they don't know a hawk from a handsaw.

You wear your hat upon your feet and walk round

on your hands, upon your hands you walk.

Halloo, your red dress, sawn up in white pleats.

Red I love Anna Blume, red I love your! - You

ye you your, I your, you my. - We?

This belongs (by the way) in icy fire.

Red bloom, red Anna Blume, what do people say?

Prize question: 1.) Anna Blume has a bird.

2.) Anna Blume is red.

3.) What colour is the bird?

Blue is the colour of your yellow hair.

Red is the cooing of your green bird.

You simple girl in a simple dress, you dear

green beast, I love your! You ye you your,

I your, you my. - We?

This belongs (by the way) in the chest of fires.

Anna Blume! Anna, a-n-n-a, I trickle your

name. Your name drips like softest tallow.

Do you know, Anna, do you know already?

You can also be read from behind, as you are from

before: "a-n-n-a".

Tallow trickles caressingly down my back.

Anna Blume, you trickle beast, I love your

Kurt Schwitters

More Kurt Schwitters here.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Vintage Drink Posters - Recent Additions at Vintage Venus

Jupi Aperitif. 1940s.

Alcohol-free Wine. 1930s

Beer advertisement. 1940s

Cointreau Liqueur

Grapillon. 1940s

Club Brandy. 1940s

The images above are available as prints via our website. Click on individual pics above to see more details or to purchase.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Chiparus Master of Art Deco

Demetre H. Chiparus, born in Romania in 1886, was the sculptor of the Art Deco Period.

Some of his most exciting and collectable works were created during the period 1914-1933. His favourite subjects were dancers, especially those of the French and Russian theatre, early film, and the opera.

He was a master of the chryselephantine technique, which combined bronze and ivory to produce stylish and dramatic results.

In 1922 when Tutankhamen's tomb was excavated, Chiparus designed statuettes which reflected his interest for all things exotic and Egyptian.

Egyptian Dancer

'Semiramis'. c.1928

Semiramis was a legendary figure generally associated with beauty and lust--leitmotifs often found in theatrical productions of the 1920s. Sometimes called the Queen of Babylon, according to one legend, Semiramis was a Syrian noble, who lusted after the beautiful King Ara of Armenia. He rejected her advances and she subsequently led an army against him and he was killed in battle. In The Divine Comedy, Dante condemned Semiramis to the second circle of Hell, reserved for the lustful, and Voltaire depicted her as a similarly predatory woman.
source: Christies auctions

'Fan Dancer' c.1928

'Antinea'. c.1928

Antinea, queen of the desert kingdom of Atlantis, was popularized in the 1919 novel, L'Atlantide, by Pierre Benoit, and the subsequent silent film, which was released in October 1921. The film was wildly successful and ran for more than a year in theaters, only to be revived in 1928. Antinea was characterized as a seductive temptress, who lured men to her lair only to enbalm them in gold after she had her way with them. Scantily clad and wearing an Egyptian style headdress, Chiparus effectively captured Antinea's Oriental mystique.

source: Christies auctions

'Leotard'. c.1928.
A very rare Chiparus, of which only two are known to exist.

'Ring Dancer' c.1928
Said to be modeled after the
Folies Bergere dancer Zoula de Boncza.

As desirable as they are, sadly, I can only dream of owning an antique Chiparis statue - some of the examples above have sold for anything up to US$250,000.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

1930s Motorcycle Girl

In September 1937 Mrs. Sally Halterman (above) became the is the first woman to be granted a license to operate a motorcycle in Washington D.C.
Immediately after receiving her permit, Mrs. Halterman was initiated into the D.C. Motorcycle Club - the only girl ever to be accorded this honor at the time.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Nancy Sinatra

Born today (June 8) in 1940, US singer, actress and daughter of Frank, Nancy Sinatra
is probably best remembered today for her classic 1960s hit 'These Boots Are Made For Walkin',

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Vintage Venice

Re-reading through pages of a favourite biography about the marvellous Marchessa Luisa Casati inspired me give today's posting a Venetian flavour.

...Starting with a vignette of the lady herself, in Venice, in the early 1900s.....

'...I was unable to resist the attraction provoked by this strange woman. She pointed a small diamond monocle on the other guests and invited them to a masquerade ball...The party was to be given several days following in her Palace on the Grand Canal....

....At midnight she had gondolas...come to get the two hundred guests to take them to the Piazetta that the mayor of Venice had authorized her to occupy....There was already an orchestra waiting there. Along the arcades some gigantic black men, dressed only in cloth of scarlet silk were place there every ten meters tied to one another by a golden chain which prevent the crowd from gaining access....

...With a bouquet of giant white and black flamingo feathers twisted up in her lunar white satin, in a costume with a sash of black velvet, she grasped with one hand a bunch of black irises and held her favourite leopard on a leash with the other. The Marchessa Casati stepped off her gondola to the acclamations of the crowd. The party was fabulous.'

San Georgio by Moonlight, Venice.
Photo c.1890s

Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy
Photo c.1890s

Underneath Day's azure eyes
Ocean's nursling, Venice, lies,
A peopled labyrinth of walls,
Amphitrite's destined halls,
Which her hoary sire now paves
With his blue and beaming waves

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Doge's Palace & St. Marks by Moonlight, Venice.
Photo c.1890s

Venice ! What siren music then
Stirred on the shoals and shallow sea,
When that small band of wandering men
First in their dreams imagined thee,
And hung thy lyric splendour high
Between the water and the sky!

Herbert Asquith

Near St. Marks, Venice
Photo c.1890s

Venise et le Lido by Grassi
Poster c.1920s

I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs,
A palace and a prison on each hand:
I saw from out the wave her structures rise
As from the stroke of the enchanter's wand:
A thousand years their cloudy wings expand
Around me, and a dying Glory smiles
O'er the far times, when many a subject land
Looked to the winged Lion's marble piles,
Where Venice sate in state, throned on her hundred isles!

Gondola by Moonlight, Venice, Italy.
Photo c.1890s

She looks a sea Cybele, fresh from ocean,
Rising with her tiara of proud towers
At airy distance, with majestic motion,
A ruler of the waters and their powers:
And such she was-her daughters had their dowers
From spoils of nations, and the exhaustless East
Poured in her lap all gems in sparkling showers:
In purple was she robed, and of her feast
Monarchs partook, and deemed their dignity increased.

Gondolas near Rialto Bridge, Venice.
Photo c.1890s

In Venice Tasso's echoes are no more,
And silent rows the songless gondolier;
Her palaces are crumbling to the shore,
And music meets not always now the ear:
Those days are gone-but Beauty still is here;
States fall, arts fade-but Nature doth not die,
Nor yet forget how Venice once was dear,
The pleasant place of all festivity,
The revel of the earth, the masque of Italy!

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage [I stood in Venice]
by George Gordon Byron

1930s Venice Travel Poster

The images above are available as prints via our website. Click on individual pics above to see more details or to purchase.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker, the 'Black Venus', and toast of 1920s Jazz Age Paris ,
was born today (June 3) in 1906.

Also born today - actress Paulette Goddard, beat generation poet Allen Ginsberg, 70's singer Suzi Quatro, Tennis star Rafael Nadal, fantasy writer & author of 'The Mists of Avalon', Marion Zimmer Bradley.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Marilyn Monroe - Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Marilyn. Born today in 1926.

To celebrate, some of my favourite Marilyn photos. xxxx


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