Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century

By Harold Koda, Andrew Bolton

throughout the reigns of Louis XV (1723-74) and Louis XVI (1774-92) model and furnishings merged beliefs of attractiveness and enjoyment via their types and gildings. With their fragile surfaces and mild proportions, tables, chairs, and different items of furnishings better the elite's indulgence in leisurely goals, fostering hugely complicated criteria of etiquette and function. women and men restated the attractiveness of the Rococo and Neoclassical interiors of the interval of their opulent costumes. For the eighteenth-century libertine and femme du monde, a elegant attractiveness and mild voluptuousness infused their international with a temper of amorous delight.

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

The superbly photographed and handsomely reproduced photographs at the following pages deliver those amorous adventures to lifestyles. The vignettes, staged for the commonly praised exhibition "Dangerous Liaisons: style and furnishings within the Eighteenth Century," held on the Metropolitan Museum of paintings in 2004, characteristic eighteenth-century costumes within the Museum's magnificent French interval rooms, The Wrightsman Galleries. The artfully composed scenes contain: a lady sitting for her portrait whereas her husband flirts along with her buddy; 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being granted an viewers with a girl in a peignoir who's having her hair dressed; a seller embracing the spouse of an outdated guy, his again became, reading a desk on the market; a woman receiving greater than a harp lesson from her instructor, whereas her oblivious chaperone reads an erotic novel; a girl giving up her garter as a keepsake of a really inner most dinner. The pleasing and an expert texts set the scenes perfectly.  [This publication was once initially released in 2006 and has long gone out of print. This version is a print-on-demand model of the unique book.]

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