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Nude dancer by A. Genthe

Arnold Genthe :: Untitled [Nude dancer], 1906-1942. Autochrome. | src Library of Congress
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Tänzerpaar Zammet und Grube, 1928

Arthur Benda :: Zammet und Grube, Tänzerpaar bei einer Tanzstudie veröffentlicht im UHU 7/1928. Fotografie: d’Ora (Dora Kallmus) ~ Arthur Benda | Zammet and Grube, dance couple in a dance study published in UHU 7/1928. | src Getty Images

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Pornokrates (La Dame au Cochon), 1879

Félicien Victor Joseph Rops :: Pornokrates (or La Dame au Cochon), 1879. Signed Felicien Rops and dated 1879 lower left. Pastel, chalk, pencil and watercolour on paper. | src Sotheby’s

Pornokrates was the scandalous success of the 1886 Les XX exhibition and solidified Rops’ growing reputation as the creator of sexually-charged, titillating imagery. Although Rops provided it with a Greek title, he changed the figure’s status from that of an ancient muse of love to a modern goddess of sex. ‘Rops presents a provocative vision of modern woman. She is naked rather than nude, realistically rendered rather than demurely sensuous. Love has no place in the modern worlds; even the ancient cupids leave in tears. Blindfolded and located atop a parapet, she haughtily walks a pig, an emblem of filth and temptation. Were it not for her brazen nakedness, she might be mistaken for a proper middle-class woman walking a well-bred dog. Adorned with the accoutrements of her trade, she parades not on the boulevards that were the street walker’s domain, but above the weeping personification of the arts – suggesting that the modern prostitute is truly the new muse of the arts.’ (Sura Levine, Les XX and the Belgian avant-garde, Kansas, 1992, p. 329).

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Movement study, 1920s

John de Mirjian (de Mirjian studio, NYC) :: Ethereal study in movement of an unidentified Jazz Age showgirl, 1922-1928. | src WorthPoint
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Vu magazine nº 30, 1928

Studio Lorelle :: Brigitte Helm, la vedette du film “L’Argent”. VU magazine nº 30, 10 octobre 1928. | src Musée Nicéphore Niépce
Studio Lorelle :: Brigitte Helm, 10 octobre 1928. Published in VU magazine.
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Female Nude, ca. 1930

Magnus Weidemann :: [Desnudo femenino en la ventana] ~ [Female nude by the window], 1929-1931. | src TEA ~ Tenerife Espacio de las Artes
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Studie, 1920-1927

Jindřich Vaněk :: Studie, 1920-1927. Originál fotografie. | src Moravská Galerie
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Étude de Nu, ca. 1905

Georges Besson :: Étude de Nu, ca. 1905. Photogravure. Published in L’Épreuve Photographique: Deuxième Série: 1905. Printer: Charles Wittmann (Paris). | src Photoseed

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Tanečnice (Nude dancer), nd

Julius Andres :: Tanečnice (Nude dancer), nd. | src Moravská Galerie
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Zwei Tänzerinnen, 1920s

Anton Josef Trčka (auch Antios) :: Zwei unbekannte Tänzerinnen in Tanzpose (Two unknown dancers in dance pose), 1920-1930. Silbergelatinepapier auf Untersatzpapier, braungetont. | src Wien Museum
Anton Josef Trčka (auch Antios) :: Zwei unbekannte Tänzerinnen in Tanzpose (Two unknown dancers in dance pose), 1920-1930. Silbergelatinepapier, braungetont. | src Wien Museum
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Two dancers by Antios, 1920s

Anton Josef Trčka (auch Antios) :: Zwei unbekannte Tänzerinnen in Tanzpose, 1920-1930. Silbergelatinepapier auf Untersatzpapier, braungetont. | src Wien Museum
Anton Josef Trčka (Antios) :: Two unknown dancers in dance pose, 1920s. Brown toned gelatin silver print. | src Wien Museum
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Dance Study with Mask, 1923

Germaine Krull :: Dance Study with Mask, Berlin 1923. From the series Spuk, with dancer Berthe Krull (Germaine Krull sister). | src Arthur.io
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Lee Miller in a fishing net, ca. 1935

Man Ray :: Portrait de Lee Miller. Sans lieu ni date, vers 1935. Ravissant portrait de Lee Miller nue, allongée dans l’herbe, le corps recouvert d’un filet de pêche. | Lovely portrait of Lee Miller naked, lying in the grass, her body covered with a fishing net. Geneviève & Jean-Paul Kahn Library. La photographie a été reproduite dans le Dictionnaire abrégé du Surréalisme (Galerie des Beaux-Arts, 1938) dans la section La Femme surréaliste. | src La Gazette Drouot + Drouot Digital
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Lee Miller nude in the shower, n.d.

Anonymous photographer, Lee Miller nude in the shower, print on Agfa Brovira paper. The Geneviève & Jean-Paul Kahn Library. | src La Gazette Drouot
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Torso, ca. 1907

Clarence H. White and Alfred Stieglitz :: Torso, ca. 1907. From Camera Work: A Photographic Quarterly nº 27 (1909-07), July 1909. | src Brown University Library
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Torso, Ella Illbak, Etnisk dansare

Henry B. Goodwin :: Torso, Ella Illbak, Etnisk dansare. | src henrygoodwin.se
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Arabian Nude Study, 1912-1913

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Der kleine runde Spiegel

Edward J. Steichen :: Der kleine runde Spiegel (The Little Round Mirror), 1902. Deustche Kunst und Dekoration. Nº 14, 1904. | src Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg | alternative rendition
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Akt-Studie, 1914

Karl Schenker :: Akt-Studie. Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration. Nº 37, 1915-1916. | src Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg
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Nude study, Vienna, 1928

Atelier d’Ora – Benda :: Nude study (Miss Eskenasy), Vienna, 1928. | src 21st OstLicht Photo Auction

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Gruppenakt, before 1924

Rudolf Koppitz :: Gruppenakt | Group-nude, before 1924. Bromoil print. Photoinstitut Bonartes. | src and hi-res Getty Images (originally posted on tumblr)
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Tänzerin Anita Berber, 1922

Atelier d’Ora ~ Benda :: Tänzerin Anita Berber, 1922, signiert: recto: in weißer Tusche: “d’Ora / BENDA / WIEN” | src MK&G ~ Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe
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Pavane pour une infante défunte

Fred Daniels :: Loïs Hutton in costume for Pavane pour une infante défunte (Maurice Ravel) © Fred Daniels | src Rhythm & Colour: Dancing on the Edges Elephant Magazine

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La Déesse Cypris (nude), 1932

Laure Albin-Guillot :: Female nude, 1932. Photograph from the book «La deésse Cypris» by Henry de Montherlant, illustrated by Laure Albin-Guillot. Published by Henri Colas et Bordeaux, Rousseau Frères, Paris, 1946. | src La Gazette Drouot
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Female nude by Julien Mandel, vintage postcard

Julien Mandel :: Vintage French postcard. Stamped AN (Alfred Noyer studio) 265 on verso. 1910s-1920s.

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The Bubble, 1909

Anne W. Brigman :: The Bubble. Published in Camera Work Nº 25, 1909. | src Toledo Museum of Modern Art via NY Times blog
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Nude with Lilacs, 1936

Edward Steichen :: Nude with Lilacs (Twenty-Five Photographs), negative 1936, printed 1981-82. Printer George Tice. | src Museum of Fine Arts Boston
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Danse en plein air # 2, ca. 1920

Philiberte de Flaugergues :: Danse en plein air # 2 | Dance in open air nº 1, France, ca. 1920. | src anamorfose

Kyōsai’s One Hundred Demons

Artist: Kawanabe Kyōsai 河鍋暁斎 (1831-1889)
Title: Kyōsai hyakki gadan 暁斎百鬼画談 (1889 and 1890 editions)
Publishers: Inokuchi Matsunosuke and Kaishinrō
Medium: Woodblock printed book (gajōsō / orihon, accordion-style binding), ink and color on paper.
image source: The Met and The Arthur Tress Collection at Kislak Center, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
image on top from this edition: Kyōsai’s Pictures of One Hundred Demons. Painted by Kawanabe Tōiku Sensei. August, Meiji 23 (1890)

Hyakki Gadan (1889)

Artist: Kawanabe Kyōsai 河鍋暁斎 (1831-1889)
Title: Kyōsai hyakki gadan 暁斎百鬼画談 (1889)
Publisher: Inokuchi Matsunosuke 井口松之助
Medium: Woodblock printed book (gajōsō / orihon, accordion-style binding), ink and color on paper.
image source: The Met and The Arthur Tress Collection at Kislak Center, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Kyōsai Hyakki Gadan, 1889

Artist: Kawanabe Kyōsai 河鍋暁斎 (1831-1889)
Title: Kyōsai hyakki gadan 暁斎百鬼画談 (1889) Kyōsai’s Pictures of One Hundred Demons
Publisher: Kaishinrō
Medium: Woodblock printed book (gajōsō / orihon, accordion-style binding), ink and color on paper.
image source: The Met and The Arthur Tress Collection at Kislak Center, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Kyōsai’s Hyakki gadan features many, or “one hundred,” ghosts (yōkai 妖怪) and monsters (bakemono 化け物). The yōkai are a class of supernatural monsters, spirits and demons in Japanese folklore. In addition to the folklore in Kyōsai’s Hyakki Gadan the history of the narrative is also an important element to Kyōsai’s work. This popular topic has many precedents, including the many illustrated books by Toriyama Sekien from the eightteenth century, with one of the earliest extant examples the painting by Tosa Mitsunobu from the 1500s.

The topic of these spectral figures was also part of the tradition of telling ghost stories, particularly enjoyed during the summer months. On some occasions, people would gather at dusk and tell ghost stories to each other, extinguishing a candle after each story would be completed. As each candle was blown out, it was thought that a yōkai would appear in the room. This is illustrated in Hyakki Gadan in the image where a man dressed in black is telling a scary tale to a group of people . Soon after the book shows a parade of yōkai and bakemono entering, shown moving across the page from the right to the left. At the end, the monsters run from the rising sun back to the underworld. For Kyōsai, the story is clearly about these monsters and the relationship they have with people. There is little to no background in the images. Thus, it pulls the reader into the “floating world.” This is a dream space, a place for stories, and a lack of background is disorienting yet places the reader into the appropriate space for the story to take place. This place is somewhere in the world of dreams, and the light at the end seems to wake the reader out of this world. (source of text: University of Pennsylvania Libraries)