We do not know a lot about BARTOLOMEO VENETO, an Italian painter of Venetian school who was active 1502, d. 1531, in Torino, Italy. However his portraits speak for themselves and serve not only as excellent examples of venetian style in painting (Bellini style with touch of Leonardesque influence) but are also excellent sources of information and inspiration of late Italian renaissance fashion as well.
Due to attention to detail and mastery of rendering, these portraits are filled with very exact depiction of fabrication, embroidery and trimming characteristics of late Italian renaissance costume. styletimeline.com presents selected collages based on the portraits by artist with the focus on fashion, style and elements of costume in the paintings by BARTOLOMEO VENETO.
Frederic Lees about artwork by Paul Cesar Helleu at The Pall Mall Magazine 1903 “A monograph of woman . . . feminine grace translated with a diamond on a copper plate, infinitely more eloquent than the most sensitive of the photographer, that, indeed, is what is constantly impressed upon us in looking at M. Helleu’s etchings, so fluent yet correct in their drawing, and so inimitably refined.” “No branch of art, even though its range be as limited as that of the fashionable portraitist, is unworthy of our dmiration, provided it reveals, in faultless manner, one or other of the many complex sides of modern life. We should be as ready to delight in the charming grace of Paul Cesar Helleu as in the masculine sincerity of Alexandre Steinlen—as quick to appreciate the good qualities of a picture of a fine Parisian dame in her drawing-room as those of a sketch of a laundry-girl, heavily burdened with her basket of clean linen, passing along the street with weary step. Salon or boulevard exteieur is all one if that truthful reflex of life which we seek in the work of every great artist has been recorded upon the canvas.
However much, therefore, some people may be inclined to disregard M. Helleu’s work on account of its narrow range, it seems to me to need no apology.Nay, its very limitations have made for its success ; since, by directing his attention almost exclusively on a small corner of the great world of Paris, he has produced an exhaustive, and, from the historian’s point of view, invaluable record of the society woman of to-day. The supreme manner in which he has depicted in his dry-point etchings -”at once so light and so coloured ” -every pose of the modern Parisian lady of fashion was pointed out years ago by a master-critic whose judgments in questions of an were rarely, if ever, at fault.”
excerpt from essay abour Paul Cesar Helleu by Frederic Lees. The Pall Mall Magazine 1903
In the essay named “PORTRAIT OF WHISTLER” french poet, writer, and art critic Camille Mauclair wrote about Giovanni Boldini
“BOLDINI’S quick observation makes him excel in recording with a crisp stroke or a sudden relaxation the jerky nervousness of the modern women of the world whosetight steel corsets reveal their straight lines and curves beneath their shimmering garments. Painter of the body which he understands so well, Boldini follows its form in the dash of his design and he gathers and concentrates all of its lines and angles into a kind of synthesis with a mathematical precision that is almost disconcerting and with poses that are full of charm.
His graphic indication of the body is really a record of motion; his lines might be called arrows, fasces, rays springing from the shoulder or folds at the girdle and diverging from these points like the branches of a fan, with the inflection of a soft and thoroughly Italian languor. As if in fury the pencil darts its lines, and then the brush adds its learned and sensual touches.
Every dress painted by this artist seems to be a quickly opened fan. The lightning of his virtuosity extracts from the angles an expressive beauty.”
Camille Mauclair. October, 1911
Fashion figurative art of Belle Epoque.
Fashion figurative art of Belle Epoque
If there is a fashion art, it is visual art of Belle Epoch.
Artists of Belle Epoque found inspiration in fashionable dress and elegant stylish gesture.
This collage of paintings by Giovanni Boldini, Auguste Toulmouche, James Tissot, Jean Beraud and Alfred Stevens, – visual artists who reflected the best on the fashion style of Belle Epoch, – is an example of what could be called fashion inspiration in fine arts. Artwork were created in realistic manner and have not even a touch of stylization typical of modernist art. Figures depicted in these paintings are precise and realistic. However, it would be fair to say that style itself is the subject matter instead of a particular woman. Fashion is the main theme and inspiration for these paintings.
Posted in Alfred Stevens, Auguste Toulmouche, Belle Epoch, Belle Epoque, Giovanni Boldini, James Tissot, Jean Beraud
Tagged Alfred Stevens, Auguste Toulmouche, Belle Epoch, Belle Epoque, Giovanni Boldini, James Tissot, Jean Beraud