Wednesday, 10 March 2010

‘September Morn’ - Paul Chabas

“Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.”
- William Blake



This particular naked beauty, September Morn (“Matinee de Septembre”) by French painter Paul Chabas, caused such a scandal in the States in 1913 that prints of it sold in the millions –- and not just prints, but calendars, postcards, candy boxes, cigar bands, cigarette flannels, pennants, suspenders, bottle openers, and more --  making it one of the most famous and popular paintings of the twentieth century. 

The full story of the success du scandal is told here.



Blogger Jeff Perren said...

One of my all-time favorites for many, many years. Thanks for the reminder.

(Nice jpg of it, too. The colors are not far off the original, if I recall correctly.)

10 Mar 2010, 13:01:00  

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