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

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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

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Eugène Grasset La vitrioleuse, 1894

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Santiago Rusinol “Before the Morphine”, 1894

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Santiago Rusinol-“Morphine”, 1894

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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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Beading: astonishing Make-Up from 1920s


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Questo testo è tratto dal mio libro: “Il Macabro e il Grottesco nella Moda e nel Costume”. Racconto di una particolare moda del trucco durante gli anni ’20. I volti si fecero bianchi, con gli occhi cerchiati di nero e sottolineati da sottili e depilate sopracciglia dalle estremità tendenti verso il basso. Dalle ragazze russe fu importta la moda del beading: piccole sfere di cera erano fissate alle estremità delle ciglia.

This text is taken from my book. The Macabre and the Grotesque in Fashion and in Costume. I wrote of a particularweird make-up fashion during the 1920s. The faces turned white, with their black-rimmed eyes underlined by thin, shapeless eyebrows with down-tending ends. The beading fashion was imported from Russian girls: small wax balls were attached to the ends of the eyelashes.

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Film Star Viola Dana with beaded eyelashes

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1918 – 2018: Spring Illustrations in Fashion

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Here’s 5 beautiful graphic artwork that talk of fashion and costume across one hundred years. For each decade an image that describes us how the aesthetic taste has changed in fashion.

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Paul Poiret Spring Dress from 1918

 

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The Delineator from April 1928

 

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Harpre’s Bazaar – May 1938

 

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My Home magazine, April 1948

 

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Balenciaga spring dress. 1958

 

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Hippie – Flower Power illustration from spring 1968

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Dior adv from 1972 c. Artwork by Gruau

 

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dior Joyce – Paris 1988. Graphic by Duncan

 

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Jean Paul Gaultier spring summer 1998. Artwork tribute to Frida Kahlo

 

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Valentino. Spring 2008.

 

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Gucci ss 2018

 

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1842 – 1969 : five Hairstyles from the past that look incredible contemporary

Senza titolo-7Le acconciature maschili, come avviene per gli indumenti, sono soggette al cambiamento in base alle tendenze del momento. Capita così che alcuni haistyle del passato appaiano come assolutamente contemporanei e glamour. Eccone cinque che ho selezionato per voi.

Men hairstyles, as happens with clothing, are subject to change based on current trends. So it happens that some haistyle of the past appear as absolutely contemporary and trendy. Here are five that I have selected for you.

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1842. Henry Colton Shumway by Henry Peters Gray

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Beautiful college boy from year 1923

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Paris ad from year 1934

Ph. Jules Aarons - “Lighting up, West End”, Boston, 1950s

Ph. Jules Aarons – “Lighting up, West End”, Boston, 1950s

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Dal film “La caduta degli dei” di Luchino Visconti – Heltum Berger -1969

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10 spaventose pubblicità vintage 10 creepy vintage adv

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La pubblicità segue le mode e il gusto sociale del proprio tempo. Così attraverso un rapido sguardo ad alcuni manifesti di antiche réclame si percepisce immediatamente una certa tendenza estetica  – tra gli anni della Belle Époque e il successivo “ventennio”- in cui mistero, struggente decadenza, simbologia esoterica e persino elementi orroriferi incontrano marketing e glamour. Il prodotto talvolta risulta paradossale, a tratti kitsch, ma terribilmente seducente. Ho scelto per voi 5 (per ora) incredibili pubblicità in cui io mi sia imbattuto durante le mie ricerche.

Advertising follows the fashions and the social taste of one’s own time. So, through a quick glance at some posters of ancient claims, you immediately perceive a certain aesthetic tendency – between the years of the Belle Époque and the following “roaring 20s”, in which mystery, yearning decadence, esoteric symbology and even horrific elements meet marketing and glamour. The product is sometimes paradoxical, sometimes kitsch, but terribly seductive. I have chosen for you 10 (for now) incredible advertising in which I came across my research.

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Italian “Liquore Strega! – 1906

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 Michelin Man vintage poster

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Scary Drunk Russian Man from 1912

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Italian adv from 1924

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1921 italian vermuth adv

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Italian Sinf”Orco” from 1911

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Femme Fatale for italian “Spumanti baccaro” – 1925

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Scary, so scary, clown for italian Show Polish adv

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Italian Adv from 1910 c. “Borotalco Florentia”

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Pears Soap Adv

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History of Sex Dolls

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Spingersi oltre, ma tornare anche indietro. Rifiutare un approccio comune per dar sfogo a un “Io” diviso tra pulsione feticistica e rifiuto dei rapporti sociali. Tutto questo prende forma, e vita, nella Bambola Sessuale, che ha una storia assai antica. Da disegni e scritti si evince per certo il loro utilizzo sin dal ‘500, rapportabile a una speciale forma di parafilia detta “pigmalionismo”, consistente nel provare piacere durante il compimento di  un atto sessuale con una statua o una rappresentazione plastica del corpo umano.

Il nome che identifica questo tipo di disturbo psicosessuale trae la propria origine dalla figura mitica di Pigmalione. Il re di Cipro infatti si innamorò perdutamente di una statua da lui stesso creata, e ottene da Afrodite che la scultura fosse trasformata in donna vivente che poi sposò.

A differenza di quanto avviene con i più comuni “giocattoli sessuali”, in uso da uomini e donne anche nel Medio Evo, nel pigmalionismo la bambola è un feticcio che si sostituisce interamente all’essere umano, e l’appagamento giunge solo nel caso in cui sussistano determinate condizioni quali appunto l’inumanità, descrivendo quindi un processo psicologico molto più complesso. Scompare l’animus del rapporto e lo scambio da esso derivante, sostituito da un Super-Io che è paradossalmente anche l’esplicita affermazione di un ego svilito e incapace, annoiato, individualista.

Col trascorrere del tempo questi strumenti del piacere furono perfezionati e realizzati in  stoffa imbottita di lana, sovente al capo erano cuciti capelli veri, sul volto dipinti occhi, naso e bocca. Chiamate “dames de voyage” accompagnavano gli uomini che per varie ragioni erano costretti a vivere lontano dal gentil sesso.

Curioso quanto avvenne durante la seconda guerra mondiale, quando i soldati tedeschi avrebbero dovuto avere a propria disposizione bambole gonfiabili da poter riporre comodamente nello zaino dopo l’utilizzo. Il progetto non fu mai realizzato. Si dovrà attendere la seconda metà del ‘900 per assistere a una capillare ed efficace diffusione di bambole gonfiabili realizzate in lattice. Bionde, brune, rosse, oggi il loro aspetto umanoide sfida la perfezione, amate dai collezionisti trovano spazio nei musei, ma il loro posto preferito resta sempre nel segreto di una stanza, per un amore di plastica.

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Go further, but also return back. Reject a common approach to give vent to an “I” dividedbetween fetishistic drive and rejection of social relationships. All this takes shape, and life, in the Sex Doll, which has a very ancient history. From drawings and writings it is clear that they have been used since the 16th century, related to a special form of paraphilia called “pigmalionism”, consisting in feeling pleasure during the fulfillment of a sexual act with a statue or a plastic representation of the human body.

The name that identifies this type of psychosexual disorder derives its origin from the mythical figure of Pygmalion. The king of Cyprus in fact fell madly in love with a statue he had created, and he got from Aphrodite that the sculpture was transformed into a living woman who he later married.

Unlike what happens with the most common “sex toys”, in use by men and women even in the Middle Ages, in the pigmalionism the doll is a fetish that replaces entirely  the human bodies, and the fulfillment comes only in the case in which certain conditions exist such as inhumanity, thus describing a much more complex psychological process. Disappear the animus of the relationship and the exchange deriving from it, replaced by a superego that is also paradoxically the explicit affirmation of a debased and incapable, bored, individualistic ego.

With the passing of time these instruments of pleasure were perfected and made of woolen stuffed fabric, often the head was sewn real hair, on the face painted eyes, nose and mouth. Called “dames de voyage” accompanied the men who for various reasons were forced to live far from the fair sex.

Curious what happened during the Second World War, when German soldiers would have to have at their disposal inflatable dolls to be easily stored in the backpack after use. The project was never realized. We will have to wait for the second half of the 20th century to witness a capillary and effective diffusion of inflatable dolls made in latex. Blondes, brunettes, reds, today their humanoid appearance challenges perfection, loved by collectors find space in museums, but their favorite place always remains in the secret of a room, for a plastic love.

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Sculpted doll. 1505 ca

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Late ‘800s – early ‘900s ca – A gentleman wearing a costume embraces a mannequin

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Inflatable Doll ad from 60s

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Late 60s Inflatable Doll ad

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Woody Allen. 1972 ca

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A modern sex doll…it can cost up to £11,700

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Miley Cyrus performing live with a male Sex Doll

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Sturtevant. Sex Dolls, 2011; installation view, Sturtevant: Leaps Jumps and Bumps, 2013; Courtesy Serpentine Gallery, London. Photo: Jerry Hardman-Jones

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