|Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877, Gustave Caillebotte|
|Upper image: The Gare Saint-Lazare, 1873, Edouard Manet|
Lower image: Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette, 1876, Auguste Renoir
|Athlete Wrestling with a |
Python, 1877, Frederick Leighton
|Upper image: Lincoln, 1871, Randolph Rogers, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA|
Lower image: Lincoln, 1871, Vinnie Ream, U.S. Capitol Rotunda
At first glance The Walking Man appears to be nude. Closer inspection reveals that he is, in fact, wearing the appropriate garb of a wrestler. Speaking of which, having discussed the painting and sculpture of the 1870s, on a lighter note we cannot forget the men and women of high fashion who kept the textile mills humming, scissors snipping, and we, their ancestors, laughing. Although men's fashions have evolved to some degree in the past 150 years it's the ladies who (fortunately) have seen the greatest strides in the designer's art. The French illustrator, James Tissot, in his Too Early (below), from 1873 gives us a peak at the bustles and elaborate drapery which characterized evening dresses of the early 1870s. The gentleman is outfitted in evening dress as well though far less flamboyantly.
|Too Early, 1873, James Tissot. I keep wondering how the |
ladies managed such frocks in going to the ladies' room.
|The theme for men's fashions of the 1870 appears to be neat and, |
slender, with just a touch of lace strategically placed near the bow tie.
|Yards and yards of unneeded fabric stitched together with hours |
upon hours of wasted time to create a dress such as this.
|He says: "shall we sit for a bit?"|
She says: "I should like to but my dressmaker
says I mustn't."