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Retro Rule Five: Paul-César Helleu and the Art of the sexy Portrait


Paul-César Helleu was a friend to Giovanni Boldini.  Helleu, too, understood sexy. Some artists communicated a joy for color, others a mastery of massing and composition. Some preferred the narrative.  Like John White Alexander, these gentleman enjoyed the portrait; capturing and communicating the person of the subject … and when the person was sexy we are given electric images.

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Paul César Helleu: Portrait de Femme

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Paul César Helleu: Nue Allongée sur un Canapé

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Paul César Helleu: Portrait de Mademoiselle Vaughan

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Bob reminds us of bombshell blondes. [That green tanktop has GOT to go. – Ed.]
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. bobbelvedere permalink
    2010/07/01 11:33

    It’s got to go, but not for any fashion reasons, IYKWIMAITYD.

    Thank ye for the linkee.

  2. 2010/07/01 12:43

    YID. Think “Braille.”


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