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Retro Rule Five: Howard Chandler Christy

2013/03/28

In About Rule 5s and Female Bloggers, Maggie makes the argument for a “personal formula for good taste.”  We here at SVP have tended towards the classical and painterly arts in our search for Rule Five beauties.  We don’t have a well defined formula as such, but rather a preference for the beautiful that ennobles.  [Caveat: We do tend to derision where Globhal Wharming is concerned – especially where some cheesy artiste composes a gal sur l’ourse. – Ed.]

Today we make an excursion outside of the classical age into the early 20th Century; one Howard Chandler Christy, to be exact.  Christy was primarily an illustrator and painter; his work straddled the subjects of contemporaries Norman Rockwell and Gil Elvgren.

Here we offer two examples of his work. Both feature a classical American-looking heroine. The first, patriotic in theme, the second an absolutely delicious Rule Five offering (below the jump.)

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Howard Chandler Christy: Fight or Buy Bonds

Howard Chandler Christy: Fight or Buy Bonds

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Howard Chandler Christy: Nude on a Sofa, 1933

Howard Chandler Christy: Nude on a Sofa, 1933

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Libertarian Advocate permalink
    2013/03/28 20:11

    Models seem to be the same young lady. I’m guessing she was a vivacious lass.

  2. 2013/04/04 05:57

    Who COULD forget?

  3. 2013/04/15 18:00

    Yos, sorry to be so late acknowledging your generous linkage. Been out of town and prep for that always takes a prior week no matter how efficient I am (obviously not enough) so I missed some things I should not have missed. No doubts about your formula of classical good taste.

  4. 2013/04/15 19:23

    Cheers and thanks for the kind words, Maggie!

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