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Access Your Inner Pin Up Hilda!

Today’s post was inspired by our fellow Armitage Admirer Luciana!

She tweeted info about a Pin Up Artist that portrayed women in a bit of a different way.

I very often post pictures depicting sexy Pin Up’s with nicely rounded bums and I rack worthy enough to hang an apron on, all clad in stockings covering their shapely calf and thighs.

They all ooze innocent sex and are very feminine.

Duane Bryers created a series of amazing  Hilda paintings done specifically for Bigelow & Brown’s Hilda calendars, from 1957 to 1970, although he continued to do original paintings till the early 1980s.

Bryers employed a number of plus-size models to pose for him, reminding each of us that shapely women have always been considered worthy to inspire works of art!

The artist once said:

“I got the idea for a plumpy gal pinup and thought I’d like to make it into a calendar series, but how was I going to sell a plump girl?”

There are many MANY amazing Hilda images, as Duane painted close to 250 pictures of Hilda over 36 years!

I have no doubt this isn’t the last time I’ve posted images by Bryers, so today I’ve opted for pictures that remind me of autumn and early winter.

By the way, Hilda has more curves than I’d know what to do with, but I think we’ve all felt a bit like this at one time or another:

It’s official!

I love Hilda!

It’s time to take a leaf out of her book and grab life by the… chocolate sundae!

Thanks very much Luciana 🙂

The Golden Gustav Klimt

Today is the 150th birth anniversary of the Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt.

He was one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement.

Klimt was preoccupied with the female body, and his painting are incredibly sensual.

His most famous paintings are part of  ‘Golden Phase’, where he used gold leaf.

The Kiss


Adele Bloch Bauer I

Minerva or Pallas Athena


Death and Life

Tree of Life

Sensation of Young British Artists- an Introduction

In 1999, when I was living in New York, something quite unusual happened.

The media were commenting on an art exhibition that was to be opened in Brooklyn.

The unusual part was that it was followed by protestors and even the mayor, Rudolph Giuliani criticised it.

The exhibition, Sensation, was a collection of contemporary art owned by Charles Saatchi and features Young British Artists.

It first took place in the Royal Academy of Art in London, then toured to Berlin.

I can now say it was one of the most important and meaningful art experiences in my life, and can only really be compared with the Tamara Lempicka exhibition at the Royal Academy in London.

I am thankful that I was fortunate enough to experience it and was able to appreciate it.

Some artwork was really shocking.

Some, I felt, delivered a cheap thrill, but others really changed the way you interpreted life.

The exhibition was accompanied with a CD commentary by David Bowie.

I can’t imagine a better choice!

There were some very powerful pieces, too many to include in one post.

Therefore, all this week I am planning to write about artists that really influenced me and left a lasting impression.

I do, however, have to attach a warning to the posts connected to Sensation.

Although I don’t think my choices are vulgar, they are not for the fainthearted.

Therefore, people of delicate sensibilities should make up their own minds whether to read the posts or not.

They will contain images of nudity and themes that some may find disturbing!

I hope you enjoy!

Beautiful Spring

I’ve had the absolute pleasure of spending a few days at my summer-house an hour away from the city.

It was also the right time (not to mention high-time) to get to work on my thesis paper and immerse myself in the reading connected to my topic.

The unfortunately meant I had to abandon my blog for a few days 😦

In future I promise to plan my posts better, so that there’s something new every day, on the off-chance you, my dear reader, will be popping in.

I will leave you with the best illustration of what’s happening in my sou after my faboosh weekendl!

Alphonse Mucha

A Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist

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