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From the Tate website:

'Bourgeois Bust' was originally created for the 'Made in Heaven' exhibition, in which Jeff Koons explored the concept of love in relation to his own marriage to porn star Ilona Staller. Represented as a marble portrait bust, the couple are depicted within a traditional Baroque style that drew its inspiration from antique classical sculpture. With her plaited hair and string of pearls, Staller appears like Venus, the Greek goddess of love. Declaring sensationally “We’ve become God”, their spiritual and physical union seemingly elevates the pair to a higher realm of idealised existence and ecstasy.

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Jeff Koons
Bourgeois Bust - Jeff and Ilona, 1991

From the Tate website:

'Bourgeois Bust' was originally created for the 'Made in Heaven' exhibition, in which Jeff Koons explored the concept of love in relation to his own marriage to porn star Ilona Staller. Represented as a marble portrait bust, the couple are depicted within a traditional Baroque style that drew its inspiration from antique classical sculpture. With her plaited hair and string of pearls, Staller appears like Venus, the Greek goddess of love. Declaring sensationally “We’ve become God”, their spiritual and physical union seemingly elevates the pair to a higher realm of idealised existence and ecstasy.

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Jeff Koons

Bourgeois Bust - Jeff and Ilona, 1991

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Hogarth was a bit of a dirty bird it would seem.

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William Hogarth

Before and After (c.1730-31)

(Source: getty.edu)

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I am taking a fun class called “Gender and the Horrific in Popular Culture,” which had me reading Angela Carter’s 1979 reinterpretation of the Bluebeard folk tale, The Bloody Chamber. In it, the heroine finds artworks by Gustave Moreau, Paul Gauguin, James Ensor, Félicien Rops, Jean-Honoré Fragonard and Jean-Antoine Watteau in her new husband’s home. While the paintings Carter mentions are fictional (to my knowledge), the vibe we get from these artist’s work can tell us of the fear this young, innocent girl feels towards the impending consummation of her marriage. 

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Félicien Rops, The Temptation of St. Anthony, 1878

Gustave Moreau, Salome Dancing Before Herod, 1876

James Ensor, Devils Trashing Angels and Archangels, 1888

Paul Gauguin, The Loss of Virginity, 1890-1891

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Bolt, c.1777

Jean-Antoine Watteau, Nymph and Satyr, 1715-1716

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Géricault kept a private collection of his own erotic drawings. These works tend to charged with violence, athleticism, energy and frustration. Interestingly, they coincided with a difficult time in the artist’s life; a forbidden and intense love affair he had with Alexandrine-Modeste Caruel, his uncle’s wife who was Géricault’s senior by six years. The scandal came to a head in 1818 when Caruel gave birth to the artist’s son.
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Théodore Géricault
Man Embracing a Woman, c.1815-1818

Géricault kept a private collection of his own erotic drawings. These works tend to charged with violence, athleticism, energy and frustration. Interestingly, they coincided with a difficult time in the artist’s life; a forbidden and intense love affair he had with Alexandrine-Modeste Caruel, his uncle’s wife who was Géricault’s senior by six years. The scandal came to a head in 1818 when Caruel gave birth to the artist’s son.

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Théodore Géricault

Man Embracing a Woman, c.1815-1818

— 1 year ago with 10 notes
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