Monday, September 29, 2014

Prehistoric Sweethearts

Prehistoric Woman (1895) by the French painter James Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836- 1902). Tissot was famous as a painterr of elegantly dressed women shown in scenes of fashionable life. Here he painted two really fashionable Neolithic girls.


  1. pretty silly - her legs are shaved, her feet and hands are not the least bit dirty, and she even looks like she might be wearing lipstick....
    Did he do this as a joke, or was it Victorian pin-up girl art?

  2. It's indeed kind of a Victorian pin-up. But that what's history painting was mostly about, at least when it was about women.

  3. haha, I suppose that's true. Come to think of it, every woman depicted in historical paintings had shaved legs. I don't know when that practise began...