Morphine from Belle Époque

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Mitizzazione e consumo della droga non sono fenomeni moderni, ma provengono da rituali che affondano la propria nascita molto lontano nel tempo. L’arte, nelle sue forme più disparate, ha tracciato dei precisi quadri che descrivono l’utilizzo delle sostanze stupefacenti nell’alternarsi dei periodi storici. E’ affascinante quanto accaduto sul finire dell’Ottocento, quando all’estetica della donna immersa tra corsetti e fiori delicati si alternò quella di una fatale mantide, maledetta e pericolosa. Questa nuova dimensione femminile, emancipata e seducente, destabilizzò i ruoli sociali proponendo un’immagine perversa, sfrontata, impregnata questa volta di profumi oppiacei. Analizzo di seguito una serie di immagini che riguardano la Morfina, una tra le droghe più consumate da queste eroine della perdizione durante la Belle Époque.

Mythologizing and consumption of drugs are not modern phenomena, but come from rituals that sink their birth far in time. The art, in its most disparate forms, has drawn precise pictures that describe the use of drugs in the alternation of historical periods. It is fascinating what happened at the end of the nineteenth century, when the aesthetics of the woman immersed in corsets and delicate flowers alternated with that of a fatal, damned and dangerous mantis. This new feminine dimension, emancipated and seductive, destabilized social roles by proposing a perverse, shameless image, impregnated this time with opiate perfumes. I analyze below a series of images concerning Morphine, one of the most consumed drugs by these heroines of perdition during the Belle Époque.

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Morphine Tools Kit from Victorian Era. Image Courtesy Art.co

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Morphine tools: the syringe

morphine history of drug droga belle eopque blog fashion moda blogger storia tools ad vintage illustration art Georges Moreau dit Moreau de Tours Bois le Roi 1901 ou Les Morphinées Huil

Georges Moreau, La Morphine ou Les Morphinées – Collection particulière, Paris
Expositions : Salon de 1886, Paris, n° 1703 (“La Morphine”)

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Morphine Addicts, 1887 Albert Besnard etching Rosenwald Collection

morphine history of drug droga belle eopque 1800 victorian 1890 1900 blog fashion moda blogger storia tools ad vintage illustration Eugène Grasset La vitrioleuse (1894)

Eugène Grasset La vitrioleuse, 1894

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Santiago Rusinol “Before the Morphine”, 1894

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Santiago Rusinol-“Morphine”, 1894

morphine history of drug droga belle eopque 1800 victorian 1890 1900 blog fashion moda blogger storia Eugène-Samuel Grasset 'La Morphine' 1897

Eugène-Samuel Grasset — ‘La Morphine’ 1897

1899 Quack Medicine Sufferers From Morphine Or any Drug Habit Vintage Original Print Ad

1899 Quack Medicine Sufferers From Morphine Or any Drug Habit Vintage Original Print Ad

Vittorio Matteo Corcos, La morfinomane – “The addict”, 1899. Famelica e perduta la donna dalla pelle diafana e dai capelli rossi troneggia al posto dell’uomo, avvolta in un fosco abito di veli neri. Ci fissa minacciosa, ed esibisce il suo potere calpestando il  suo trofeo.

The woman with the diaphanous skin and the red hair is dominated and lost in the place of the man, wrapped in a dark dress of black veils. The woman stares at us menacingly, and exhibits her power trampling on her trophy.

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Vittorio Matteo Corcos, La morfinomane – “The addict”, 1899

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Year 1900: Ad for Cube Morphine, published in American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record, America’s Leading Drugs Journal

Pablo Picasso, Morphinomans. 1900

Pablo Picasso, Morphinomans. 1900

Salon, 1905 Morphine. by A. Matignon

Salon de 1905 – Morphine. By A. Matignon

Victorien du Saussais, La morphine. Vices et passions des morphinomanes (1906)

Victorien du Saussais, La morphine. Vices et passions des morphinomanes, 1906

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Morphinomane 1910 ca.

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Studio 54: fashion through music and excess

Scanditi dal ritmo della trasgressione gli anni dello #Studio54 hanno sconvolto e condizionato suoni e moda nel proprio tempo e in quello a venire.

Code interminabili all’ingresso della discoteca per ottenere un posto in un’ambiente popolato da una moltitudine eterogenea di persone. Luci colorate, ritmi assordanti ed ipnotici, alcol, droghe, vip e futuri tali affollano i privè e si mischiano tra il pubblico in un’orgia di musica ed eccessi.

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Skilled by the rhythm of the transgression, the Studio 54 years have upset and conditioned sounds and fashion in their own time and in the coming one.

Endless codes at the entrance of the disco to get a place in a place populated by a multitude of people. Colorful lights, deafening and hypnotic rhythms, alcohol, drugs, vip togheter with common people in an orgy of music and excesses.

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