Piecing Together Art History
Last month we took at look at what defines fine art in this modern industry. In the next few months, we will dive deeper into what constitutes the makeup of a fine art process, from the initial phone call to the final piece hanging on your clients wall. Knowing what to wear or not to wear is vital to crafting a fine art piece.
Fabric Receipts Larger Than the Electric Bill
The importance of wardrobe in fine art is not to confuse the story of the piece. You would not put a woman in a Tudor fashion-style corset in front of a backdrop of the likeness of Matisse’s “Carmelina” art room. The difference of almost 300 years is enough to puzzle any viewer.
In March the objective was to research and connect with a certain time period that resonated with you and your brand. Do not get me wrong. I encourage you to be an individual thinker with your art, but exploring the history of what we do can only invigorate new ideas, new angles to refine your craft, and of course give you a deeper more meaningful understanding of women throughout the ages that has shaped the confidence of our modern day clients.
One of my main goals behind fine art boudoir is to have the picture on display rather than tucked away in an album. Now I love selling albums as well, and do so with the rest of the images. However, with the fine art pieces I shoot with the intent that it will be hung in ones bedroom, library, or even living quarters. Crafting this image from the ground up is appealing to the clients in the commitment to them.
For me, I love to create my wardrobe for my clients if I can. I scout local estate sales for vintage or era pieces. I will go to fabric stores with the intent to buy some embellishments, only to come home with my trunk filled of lace and sheers. I try to keep each new piece open on one side so i can simply let it out or take it in. This saves money for having multiple pieces in the studio.
To Be Nude or Not To Be Nude!
With fine art nudes, you would think it is simple with no wardrobe needed. Well not exactly.
There is always a story to be told in fine art and with nudes the same applies. The wardrobe here is the lighting. Clothe her with the light in a way that creates a subtle hint of modesty, merged with bold confidence. The lighting is key with nudes to draw the viewer closer to the “why”. In Ingres “Une Odalisque” the woman’s confidence is easy to feel, yet discreet as she turned her back toward us. As you can see, the light falls over her just as soft as the drapes behind her.
Here in this image, the light falls over her body in a dreamy romantic setting in front of the wardrobe partition.
Now what about that client who would like to stay clothed for her wall art? Well simple. Follow the light. Just as you would “clothe” the nude form, do the same for this scenario. Stay soft around the shoulders and collarbones. Create flow surrounding the legs and midsection. Tightening up corsets to the point of no oxygen was for renaissance daywear. We are moving into the night. Where clothing was not conforming, lose and brought a sensual feeling of intimacy into the air.
However there are occasions where corsets will do well in the theme. For example, this image of Victoria, the fine art still works it way in with the soft appeal, powerful posture and subtle expression.
Lost My Time Machine
And of course, you do not need to go back in history to create the art, just to learn. Modern day fine art is evolving into a beautiful concept. The goal is to show a piece that can be appreciated and valued. Not just a cookie cutter conveyor belt of looks. No clients wants to be ordinary. She wants to be a masterpiece, whether that is in an corset from the 1500’s or a leather under-bust from modern day. Just remember to treat it in your vision as ART.