Friday, 3 June 2011

fashion as art.

Image From: Fragonard and Rodney Smith

Once again it is obvious to see how artworks of the past can influence fashion photography of today. Here, Rodney Smith's photograph has a clear and striking resemblance to Jean-HonorĂ© Fragonard's famous painting 'The Swing'.

Which one do you prefer?

Check out my previous 'Fashion as Art' post comparing Tim Walker to Manet here.

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12 comments:

  1. Love this connection you've found. Brilliant photograph and love the artwork itself. x Dusty Petals.

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  2. I find it hard to compare the two and say I like one over the other, even though the connection is apparent. I see the painting to carry a different significance from the photograph most notably in the men and lack there of, respectively. The painting shows a coy, flirtatious, and secretive woman who at the same time is very bearing towards the men. The photograph shows a woman capable of managing the swing alone, but carries her flirtation on with the camera and whomever comes across the photo, be it man or woman. It brings forth a very modernized touch to the interpretation of the painting. Both are beautiful, and I love how the photograph mimics the angelic aura through the lighting.

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  3. I think it's very difficult to decide the one I like better, because they both look equaly gorgeous, but express different things. a fashion photography wants to give a much different information than an actual painting art piece. Either way, the influence is obvious, and the work is stuning!

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  4. Thanks for the comments girls. You bring some interesting perspective to the post. And although similar, they are both so different to make a true comparison. Personally I love the energy and flirtatiousness of the artwork. It illustrates a particular time in history which we can never be apart of - there is something special in that.

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  5. This is a very striking similarity! It is a great reminder how there is so much inspiration we can get from the Arts. I like both for different reasons and they catch my attention in different ways :-)

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  6. This is so beautiful, I love it. Amazing post.

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  7. Oh my goodness- both are striking and beautiful. They are inspirational and carry a strong symbolism, which I like and respect.
    -Madeleine

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  8. wow! both beautiful! love how art inspires fashion, will fashion is art in the end...

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  9. I love that art photo.. so dramatic..
    lee x

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  10. i am blown away by the beauty of these pictures.

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  11. I like them both. After all one inspired the other. Xxxx

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  12. I love these "Fashion as Art" posts you do. Keep doing them, they're lovely! This one is so beautiful. Both the painting and the photo are stunning.

    xoxo
    Em

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