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Silhouettes by Patrice LePera

posted by TeaHouseTimes Admin, ADMINFriday, April 29th 2011 @ 11:08 AM

The art of silhouettes is thought of as the traditional cut-paper art, of black paper, cut with tiny manicure scissors.  It is also black pen on paper, and even cut cloth.  It flourished during Victoria’s golden age about 1790 to 1840, replaced by the photograph, although it is said that a silhouette is more revealing of character than either a photo or an oil portrait!  It began in France, where the (justly) hated Finance Minister Etienne de Silhouette crippled the economy with merciless tax policies.  He was notorious by cutting black paper cutouts endlessly, and ignoring the desperation of the French people.  The saying was:  We are shadows…we are Silhouettes!

Some famous Artists:  Augustin Edouart timed at less than 2 minutes.  A former soldier under Napoleon; 100,000 pieces of his artwork went down in the shipwreck of the Oneida.  His 14 folios beautifully restored are coveted by museums and collectors.   Baroness Eveline von Maydell was one of the prominent and delightful artists of her day, making elegant silhouette portraits of nobility and the wealthy.  My favorites are those by Wilhelm Gross...example is the delightful and lively townspeople shown above.  (in the MarApr2011 issue of The Tea House Times)

-- by Patrice LePera ~ Authority, Victorian Era, Historical Writing ~ www.afterimage-art.com

 

From the March/April 2011 issue of The Tea House Times.  To view the most recent issue, please register / log-in at http://www.theteahousetimes.com for free access.

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