The Republican Erotica


The republican erotica is not just about the neoclassical hair-do, à la Titus. Sure, the hair length is important,  add to that her look, direct and serious, and we have a new woman: rococo is gone, and with it all playfulness. Yet there is something that a sociologist would call a residue. Right when all was taken away, her modest gesture gave some of it back; there, like with women’s fashions, the coquettishness has switched the register, concealing something, it has revealed just as much, but elsewhere.

Pierre-Narc0iss Guérin, 1794 (Musée du Louvre, Sully, French Paintings, XVIII c.)

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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  1. Pingback: Coiffure à la Titus, ca. 1794 – costume cocktail

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