Double Original Friday – She’s Everyone’s Favorite Virtue

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Like the page from the El Greco art book that was subjected to being a Tzara combination in my post yesterday, today’s image came from a damaged art book on fashion photography that was sold by the sheet to benefit a library. I simply loved the image and wanted to pair it with a poem. I did that for the Seven Virtues poem challenge I’ve been participating in on Red String Paper Cuts (only one virtue left to go!) – but spending more time with the picture led me to do a little research into it. Luckily, the photo had the caption on the same page and I learned that it features a broad swath of 1920’s and 1930’s fashion interests – the model is Lillian Fischer, once an assistant editor of Vogue, the hat is by one of the most famous french milliners of the time, Madame Agnès (link is from the very cool blog “Photographs, films, literature & quotes from the bygone era”) and the photographer is George Hoyningen-Huene. In reference to another photograph of Lillian Fischer by Mr. Hoyningen-Huene, I found this quote on the website of The Art Gallery of New South Wales: “…as is its strong lighting and use of shadows. Fischer’s pose and averted gaze is characteristic of Hoyningen-Huene’s work, in which poised, haughty women coolly present their beauty for the contemplation of others. Fischer is transformed by light – radiating an almost divine perfection in an effect that was unequalled by any other photographer at the time.”

If you would like to read the whole poem, typed – click “read more” or on the post. Happy Friday!

She’s everyone’s favorite virtue

a woman, to be sure
wears white shoes after Labor Day
can eat what she wants and never gains weight
she expertly evaluates every fashion
and never stays out late
She’s a moving target with carnival game precision
she just might be rigged too
with a shocking sting she can slap you like
water hugging your belly flops
men of all times and ages help her ascend a ladder
and hold her aloft, teetering, alone, and on top.
 
~ Marcy Erb

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