Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth by Andrew Bolton, Harold Koda, Mimi Hellman PDF

By Andrew Bolton, Harold Koda, Mimi Hellman

In the course of the reigns of Louis XV (1723-74) and Louis XVI (1774-92) style and furnishings merged beliefs of good looks and enjoyment via their kinds and gildings. With their fragile surfaces and gentle proportions, tables, chairs, and different items of furnishings superior the elite's indulgence in leisurely objectives, fostering hugely advanced criteria of etiquette and function. women and men restated the elegance of the Rococo and Neoclassical interiors of the interval of their opulent costumes. For the eighteenth-century libertine and femme du monde, a elegant splendor and gentle voluptuousness infused their international with a temper of amorous delight.

Dangerous Liaisons takes its topic from this period, while trifling in love propelled the energies of elite women and men, supplying nearly day-by-day stimulating encounters, and while, as has been written, "morality misplaced yet society gained." In Choderlos de Laclos's novel of a similar identify, Ceacile, a tender woman, is praised via her instruct within the worldly arts: "She is de facto pleasant! She has neither personality nor ideas ... every thing approximately her shows the keenest sensations." Valmont, her seducer, notes the subsequent morning, "Nothing might have been extra amusing." Valmont has received a video game within the contest of lovemaking.

The fantastically photographed and handsomely reproduced pictures at the following pages deliver those amorous adventures to lifestyles. The vignettes, staged for the generally praised exhibition "Dangerous Liaisons: model and furnishings within the Eighteenth Century," held on the Metropolitan Museum of artwork in 2004, characteristic eighteenth-century costumes within the Museum's amazing French interval rooms, The Wrightsman Galleries. The artfully composed scenes comprise: a girl sitting for her portrait whereas her husband flirts together with her good friend; a guy being granted an viewers with a girl in a peignoir who's having her hair dressed; a seller embracing the spouse of an previous guy, his again grew to become, reading a desk on the market; a lady receiving greater than a harp lesson from her instructor, whereas her oblivious chaperone reads an erotic novel; a lady giving up her garter as a keepsake of a really deepest dinner. The interesting and a professional texts set the scenes completely.

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Ein leerer Bahnsteig, auf den kaum Licht fällt. Plötzlich verschieben sich die Verhältnisse. Die Verfolgerin wird zum möglichen Opfer. Woraus sie erst das Licht der ankommenden Bahn befreit. Die nächtlichen Bilder sind überdeutlich gezeichnet, also betont künstlich belassen, als pure Fantasien, sie entwickeln durch das Zusammenwirken zueinander erst ihren albtraumartigen Sog. Das Urbane als Komposition dunkelster Impressionen. Die nächtliche Stadt ist dabei nicht länger nur Hintergrund, sie ist integraler Bestandteil des Dramas vorne, sie spielt in den Bildern die Hauptrolle, vor der alles andere zum supporting acting verkümmert.

Woraus sie erst das Licht der ankommenden Bahn befreit. Die nächtlichen Bilder sind überdeutlich gezeichnet, also betont künstlich belassen, als pure Fantasien, sie entwickeln durch das Zusammenwirken zueinander erst ihren albtraumartigen Sog. Das Urbane als Komposition dunkelster Impressionen. Die nächtliche Stadt ist dabei nicht länger nur Hintergrund, sie ist integraler Bestandteil des Dramas vorne, sie spielt in den Bildern die Hauptrolle, vor der alles andere zum supporting acting verkümmert.

Es ist eine labyrinthische Welt, für die es den Ariadnefaden nicht gibt. Der Mann mimt den harten Burschen – mit all dem unerschrockenen Getue, den Hard-boiled-Sprüchen, den verzweifelten Gegenintrigen. Doch mit seiner ganzen Härte läuft er unentwegt bloß ins Leere. Am Ende gibt es für ihn deshalb keinen Ausweg mehr. Nur Schweigen. Und Resignation. « 3. Polizisten/Detektive zwischen den Fronten Wieder und wieder wird an Polizisten, die im Dreck der Straße wühlen müssen, der Stand der Dinge deutlich.

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