Eyes Wide Shut.
La Tierra que se Levanta by Santiago Caruso, 2010. Drawing on paper.
left to right: Stravinsky, Diaghilev and Leon Bakst with an unnamed woman, Switzerland 1915
Ida Rubinstein by Antonio de la Gandara, 1913. She was a ballet star.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years. — Audrey Hepburn
Paris, France, 1950
From Édouard Boubat: A Gentle Eye
Anthropometry based on Alphonse Bertillon.
How to measure a woman’s beauty according to Prof. Dr. Carl Heinrich Stratz.
From Die Rassenschönheit des Weibes (1911), some questionable science going on there.
From Die Schönheit des weiblichen Körpers by Carl Heinrich Stratz.
A day labor woman is going back to Jamalpur to celebrate ‘Eid Al-Fitr’ (Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan) with her family.
Coin de chastete by Marcel Duchamp, 1954. Bronze and dental plastic.
Duchamp gave the original version of this sculpture to his wife on their wedding day, as a form of wedding ring. The bronze wedge has the appearance of being cast from a woman’s genitals. The satisfyingly snug fit of the two halves, and the pink, fleshy tone of the casing, give it an enigmatic, erotic charge.
Une couleur madame, une couleur monsieur,
Une aux seins, une aux cheveux,
La bouche des passions
Et si vous voyez rouge
La plus belle est à vos genoux.
Paul Eluard, Capitale de la douleur -Les petits justes IV-
A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.
— George Jean Nathan