Maiden Voyages: November 2019

(Last Updated On November 4, 2019)

Readers may have observed that new posts are being completed at a much slower pace lately. There are two major reasons for this: Pip’s career has been taking off recently and he has had little time to compose anything new. But he promises to complete one last post on ‘Sublimated Sexuality’. My relationship with a wonderful woman has been taking most of my time of late and, however noble the cause, I will not be neglecting her in favor of a political agenda. I will continue on in my capacity as administrator and will throw in an occasional post as time permits.

I would like to remind readers that Pigtails in Paint has been a group effort and its continuation does depend partly on the contributions of others. I have tried to encourage other writers, but they usually get busy in their personal lives or careers or are determined to strike out of their own in the genre. I can assure everyone that there are some exciting things in the pipeline and they will be published eventually.

I would also like to thank those who have helped fill in the gaps in our video collection. Next in the works will be an archival list of materials in the Pigtails library as well as a list of artist leads by name. Please continue to send in leads and I promise they will not fall on deaf ears. It just may take a while to get them produced or at least mentioned in a future ‘Maiden Voyages’ post.

Thank you all for your patience and my best wishes go to you as we enter this holiday season. -Ron, Editor-in-Chief

Album Cover Art – Fall 2019 Edition

(Last Updated On October 16, 2019)

And so we come to another album cover post, the last one having been posted the summer of last year. This post was largely instigated by a windfall of album cover art recently sent to us by a reader of Pigtails (thank you!), and there are definitely some lovely images here.  Not all of these are from this reader, but most of them are. It’s an all-nude/deminude edition of Album Cover Art, so let’s get started!

Edit: information for the first album has been updated. – Pip

The first is split single for he Finnish black metal band Horna and the Swedish black metal band Woods of Infinity, with relevant images on both front and back covers. I recognize both of them from the photographic anthology The Family of Children, which I have. The front cover image is by Swedish photographer Nils-Johan Norenlind, and I’ve featured it on Pigtails once already. The back cover image is from Germany-based photographer Jean-Gil Bonne, who doesn’t seem to have much representation on the web.

Nils-Johan Norenlind – Horna – Woods of Infinity (front cover)

Jean-Gil Bonne – Horna – Woods of Infinity (back cover)

Here’s a better version of the original image which isn’t marred by the Klaxon Productions logo and address stamp:

Jean-Gil Bonne – (Title Unknown)

Our next example comes from a modern psychedelic pop band called Brief Weeds who appear to have only released two albums thus far, A Very Generous Portrait and the one on which this cover image appears, Songs of Innocence and Experience (observant readers will note this title is taken from the similarly-titled Songs of Innocence and of Experience, a collection of illustrated poetry by William Blake). Indeed, the “Experience” part of this album shows another nude male/female couple, but this time they’re adults firing rifles.

Photographer Unknown – Brief Weeds – Songs of Innocence & Experience (cover)

Grunt is another Finnish band but of an altogether different sort than Horna. They’re sort of an experimental industrial noise outfit (think Throbbing Gristle but with less music). Not my thing, but I do love this cover. In fact, I think it may be my favorite out of the collection. Just a really clever layout. If you don’t count Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy, which features the same two children photographed multiple times, this cover might hold the record for the number of nude children appearing on an album cover, most of them girls.

Photographer Unknown – Grunt – Myth of Blood (cover)

The front and back covers of obscure ’70s Belgian pop duo Jess & James’s The Naked (which I think was a single rather than a full album) are pretty much just reverse images of each other, but I’ll post both of them anyway, as there are some slight variations in layout and coloration in addition to the image reversal. The back cover also contained the lyrics to the main song.

Photographer Unknown – Jess & James – The Naked (front cover) (1970)

Photographer Unknown – Jess & James – The Naked (back cover) (1970)

Finally, the only album cover in the batch with a full-color cover, Pelle Carlberg‘s The Lilac Time.

Photographer Unknown – Pelle Carlberg – The Lilac Time ‎(cover) (2008)

The rest of these images come from my own collection.

Christian Death was one of the original groundbreaking goth rock bands, having been founded in 1979, at the inception of the goth scene. This cover is from an early live album, 1985’s The Decomposition of Violets, when the band was still fronted by Rozz Williams.

Photographer Unknown – Christian Death – The Decomposition of Violets (cover)

Now here’s another image we’ve seen before: the cover art (minus the encircling serpent design) is by John Bauer, one of the very first artists I profiled on Pigtails waaaay back in February of 2011. All of the images in that post appeared in the book Swedish Folk Tales, including the one used for this album cover from Norwegian black metal band/musician Mortiis. Are you detecting a trend here? Ah, the Scandinavians. What would we do without them? There seems to be two different covers for this album, but this is the relevant one. Incidentally, the title of the album, Ånden Som Gjorde Opprør, translates into English as The Spirit Who Rebelled.

John Bauer – Mortiis – Ånden som Gjorde Opprør (cover)

And finally, I’m not at all sure on the gender of the child here, but it doesn’t really matter. It’s a beautiful cover design. The image appears on the cover of Dream Child by the Finnish (yep) band Mattsson, which is fronted by Lars Eric Mattsson.

Photographer Unknown – Mattsson – Dream Child (cover)

Random Images: Georges Redon

(Last Updated On October 12, 2019)

Graham recently sent me this little gem from his collection. After some digging, I found it was one of many sketches and paintings by Georges Redon made for display on dinner menus. One restaurant to make use of Redon’s art was Café de Paris, Armenonville, Pré Catelan. It was later purchased by someone named Fouquet who continued to make use of this artwork.

Georges Redon – L’Avarice (1912)

This is quite an interesting choice for menu artwork because it conveys an inhospitable attitude. Such a subject choice would be unheard of in a modern day business model. Despite our modern sensibilities though, the design may have served its purpose at the time by suggesting to respectable patrons that any riff-raff would be kept away.

There are many examples of Redon’s work on the internet, many featuring children. There is a nice collection of some of the artist’s posters here. Below is a scan of the menu that accompanied this particular piece.

Attached Menu Items

[Addendum: 2019/10/12] I knew there was a lot of material about Redon on the net but did not have the time to do extensive digging. Fortunately, one of our readers, Patricia, was gracious enough to do some follow-up and direct us to some of the gems. The image on this menu refers to Greed and the text translates to: “Begging is prohibited here, Summer 1912”.

The menu featured here was part of a series covering the seven deadly sins: La Luxure (Lust), L’Intempérance (Gluttony), L’Avarice (Greed), La Paresse (Sloth), La Colère (Wrath), L’Envie (Envy) and L’Orgueil (Pride). High-resolution copies can be found online here.

Patiricia also found a number of other menu designs centered around children (be advised that some links are auction sites and may disappear over time): here, here and here. She also sent links to other satirical artwork of interest: here, here and perhaps the most amusing here.

Random Images: Partito Comunista Italiano

(Last Updated On October 4, 2019)

Pip discovered this little gem in a historical archive of Steven Lowenstam. It is a poster from the Italian Communist Party (Partito Comunista Italiano, PCI). Lowenstam shot this poster while in Rome in 1984. The PCI was officially disbanded in 1991 due to widespread shifts in political structure.

(Photographer Unknown) – Italian Communist Party poster (1984)

The quality of this image is not very good so we do appeal to any readers who may have a copy in their collection to send us a better image. More information on who may have shot the photo for the poster would be welcome as well. There is some information about the Party on the internet but nothing so far on publicity campaigns included those that may have lead to this poster.

Paticia (below) found this much cleaner version of the poster:

PCI poster closeup (c1984)

Maiden Voyages: October 2019

(Last Updated On October 2, 2019)

Models with Disabilities: It is tempting to think that the fashion industry only wants models with “perfect” bodies by someone’s standard or another. But there is an effort to bring attention to those who do not fit the mold. An interesting case in point is Daisy-May Demetre, a double amputee (both legs), who was the first such model to walk at New York Fashion Week. There is plenty on the net on this charming girl, but you can start here, here and here.

Fighting the Blight: It has been generally regarded as bad when children skip school. However, when the quality of one’s environment is on the line, who is to say which is a better use of one’s time? Thailand’s Ralyn Satidtanasarn, 12, known by her nickname Lilly, calls herself a “Kid at war” while trying to make some headway by fishing out garbage in a filthy canal near where she lives. The problem of plastic pollution is particularly acute in Thailand where people use, on the average, 12 times more of the material than someone living in the European Union. Unable to get her government to take some kind of legal action, she has taken her cause to the people who actually distribute the ubiquitous plastic bags. You can read her story here.

Sublimated Sexuality in Modern Surrealist Girl Art, Part 5

(Last Updated On September 9, 2019)

Now we are in the home stretch of the Sublimated Sexuality series (only one more post and it will be completed). If you haven’t already perused them, or you wish to review the series, you can find the other parts here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

15) Anthropomorphism of animals and objects – With respect to anthropomorphic animals, much of what was said in the animals, masks and monsters categories applies here as well, but I think this separate category is warranted, especially as it includes non-living objects. Anthropomorphism is a common characteristic of children’s media, so it’s natural that it would also occur in pop surrealist art in which children are subjects, particularly in a darkly satirical context.

There’s something a bit leering and creepy about that moon, no?

Ana Bagayan – Moon Babies

Ana Bagayan (official site)

James Jean can always by counted on to produce excellent dreamlike imagery. Anthropomorphic flowers? Where have we seen those before? Ah, yes: Alice in Wonderland. I suspect it’s no accident that that particular story is frequently referenced,  overtly or otherwise, in this work!

James Jean – Aurelians (2016)

James Jean (official site)

Food is another thing which is often anthropomorphized in this type of art, usually with some rather morbid implications. The title in this next piece is a disturbing pun. The adorable little girl might be regarded as “eye candy” in the symbolic sense, but the cupcake’s eyes are literal eye candy, and one of them is about to be eaten!

Nicoletta Ceccoli – Eye Candy

Nicoletta Ceccoli (official site)

Kokomoo – (Title Unknown)

Deidre L. Morton (Peemonster) – Eden Dream

Rabbits are a commonly anthropomorphized animal in this art. Again, could this be an allusion to Alice? This first image certainly feels quite reminiscent of Carroll’s creation. Note too the resemblance of the rabbit’s pair of pendulums to dangling cherries.

Masaru Shichinohe – (Title Unknown)

Artnet: Masaru Shichinohe

Stephen Mackey – Magic Uncle

Stephen Mackey (official site)

16) The presence of death and decay – It makes perfect sense that references to death would also appear in this work, serving as a memento mori to remind viewers that life is short and fleeting, and that there may be an eternal afterlife in which we are judged and dealt with according to how we lived our lives, so we had better not harm anyone, especially the vulnerable . . . such as children. Furthermore, death is disgusting and frightening, so its juxtaposition with children works as another example of dissuasion by association.

Hiroyuki Mano – Stone Mirror

DeviantArt: DensenManiya

Nils Karsten – Heaven in Orange

Nils Karsten (official site)

Ana Bagayan – Heaven

Timothy Cummings – Sudden Scenario

Timothy Cummings (official site)

Audrey Kawasaki – Isabelle (2006)

Audrey Kawasaki (official site)

Jackie Skrzynski – Cold Comfort (2007)

Jackie Skrzynski (official site)

Juniper trees have a fascinating association with death and misfortune. Some may recall the Brothers Grimm fairy tale The Juniper Tree, which involves the murder of a mother and her young son. In Welsh legend cutting down a juniper tree meant the feller was bound to die, and many dream interpreters believe that dreaming of juniper trees is extremely unlucky, especially for those who are ill. Modern horror author Peter Straub also penned a story called The Juniper Tree, about a young boy who is sexually abused by a stranger at a movie theater.

Cornelia Renz – The Juniper Tree (2006)

Cornelia Renz (official site)

17) Subversion of religion and the sacred – Complimenting themes of death in this work (or in some cases contrasting against or satirizing them) is the subverting of religious themes, particularly Christianity.

Generally I try to feature only one work per artist in each category, since there are so many worthy artists, but these two paintings by Amy Crehore absolutely have to be featured together as they tell an amusing/disturbing little story. While you’d think it’s the demon who is the true threat here, the second piece in the series reveals who really wields the power!

Amy Crehore – Story of Lolita, Part 1

Amy Crehore – Story of Lolita, Part 2

The Art of Amy Crehore (official site)

Scott G. Brooks – The Heavenly Virtues: Bravery (Girl with Pet Goat) (2004)

Scott G Brooks Studios (official site)

Teiji Hayama – Ekho

Asia Contemporary Art: Teiji Hayama

Stu Mead – First Communion (2004)

Stu Mead (official site)

Heidi Taillefer – Sovereign Side (2008)

Heidi Taillefer (official site)

Mike Cockrill – Nativity (2004)

Mike Cockrill (official site)

Mark Ryden does religious satire so frequently that I had a tough time narrowing it down to just one piece. Nevertheless . . .

Mark Ryden – The Angel of Meat

Mark Ryden (official site)

This next piece is both a subversion of a well-known biblical event (Abraham’s attempted sacrifice of his son Isaac) and a commentary by the artist on the nature of his own work, since dolls feature prominently in his paintings and sculptures. We will definitely see him again in the final installment of this series.

Mikel Glass – Sacrifice of Subject Matter

Mikel Glass (official site)

Jana Brike – Two Wounded Angels on the Beach

Squarespace: Jana Brike

Jules Pascin

(Last Updated On September 3, 2019)
Jules Pascin - Seated little girl

Jules Pascin – Seated little girl (1911)

This Bulgarian-born French artist is known today for his paintings, mostly portraits of women, and his erotic drawings; but he also practised caricature and illustrated books. His style varied, from fauvism to expressionism, with a very short attempt at cubism, and ended in soft pearly compositions suiting the tastes of art dealers.

Pascin (to be pronounced phonetically, Paskinn) loved women, all women, from young nymphets to worn-out prostitutes, and they feature prominently in his works. His art mixed with his sex life, indeed he got the nickname “the Caliph” and was reputed to have 367 models: his wife Hermine, his mistress Lucy, as well as one concubine for each day of the year. He was also called “prince des trois monts” (prince of the three mounts) in reference to the two locations Montparnasse and Montmartre in Paris, then to Mont de Vénus (mons Veneris).

Jules Pascin - Little Italian girl (1909)

Jules Pascin – Little Italian girl (1909)

Although he earned a lot of money from his paintings and caricatures, he was always in a hurry to spend it, holding feasts, paying for drinks all round in bars, and also helping friends in need. He loved the nightlife in slums, befriending the underworld, but also getting involved in brawls.

He was born on March 31, 1885, in Vidin, Bulgaria, and named Julius Mordecai Pincas. His parents, Sofie and Marcus Pincas, were Sephardic Jews. His father, a rich grain trader, behaved as a household tyrant, terrorising his family and abusing his servants, whipping and even raping maids. The young Julius found solace in drawing, and soon got his lasting interest for the female body in Turkish baths, but also by trading to a maid one of his drawings for a view under her skirts. He finally fled from home.

At age 16, he got his first mistress, Fanoriatal, twice his age. She headed a luxury brothel in Bucharest, and her sex workers became his models. From this time comes his frequent practice of drawing brothel scenes and sex orgies. Below is a drawing with a young girl being presented to a procuress for a job in a brothel.

Jules Pascin - Presentation

Jules Pascin – Presentation (1912)

Julius started to draw caricatures, many of them with an explicit sexual content, for Simplicissimus, a satirical magazine published in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, a province that wanted to distinguish itself from stern Prussia. They immediately got a big success, and this activity would bring him a lot of money for the rest of his life. In March 1905, he went to Munich. Disapproving of his work, his father forbade him to use the name Pincas. So he chose the anagram Pascin (pronounced Paskinn). After all, his grandfather had changed the family name from Pinas to Pincas. Although one generally refers to him as Jules Pascin, he signed his works “pascin” with a lowercase “p” and without a first name.

On Christmas Eve 1905, he arrived in Paris. His fame had preceded him, so he was welcomed by a delegation of artists and personalities. In September 1907 he met Hermine David, a young painter, it was love at first sight, and they would remain together for the rest of his life; and she would tolerate his endless sexual adventures.

Jules Pascin - Young girl in red

Jules Pascin – Young girl in red (1911-1912)

Encouraged by Hermine, he started painting himself, with bright colours in the manner of Fauvism. He also continued his erotic drawings, much appreciated by the Bavarians, taking inspiration from his own nightlife. The sharp lines of caricature gave way to smoother ones, free and elegant.

In 1909 he met the 18-year-old Cécile Vidil, who had left home. She changed her first name to Lucy. A beautiful woman, she became a model for artists at the Matisse Academy. The Norwegian painter Per Krohg was there; he fell in love and they would eventually marry and have a son, the artist Guy Krohg. She also sat for Pascin, and probably had an affair with him at that time. She would later become his mistress, while being still married to Krohg.

Jules Pascin - Young model

Jules Pascin – Young model (1912-1913)

In June 1914, just before the outbreak of World War I, fearing that he would have to serve in the Bulgarian army on the side of Germany, he left for London (via Brussels). In October, he crossed the Atlantic and arrived in New York City, without Hermine, who feared long journeys across the ocean. Although living in the Jewish neighbourhood of Brooklyn, he preferred Harlem, the Black neighbourhood, its free lifestyle suiting him better. Hermine joined him six months later. They travelled a lot, visiting the South. From Florida, Pascin headed to Cuba, but without Hermine. Throughout this period, he made many drawings of street scenes, families, or even landscapes.

Jules Pascin - Little girl with cat

Jules Pascin – Little girl with cat (portrait of Ruth Wood-Gaylor) (1917)

Through their mutual influence, their painting and drawing styles were getting ever closer. So Pascin and Hermine made a moral contract, to which they would abide scrupulously: Hermine would make landscapes, and Pascin the human figure. They married on September 25, 1918, in New York City, probably to please Hermine. He obtained US citizenship on September 20, 1918.

They returned then to France. Pascin fell in love with Lucy, who was still with Krohg and had a son from him. She became his mistress, and soon quite openly. They loved each other until his death. He was practically bigamous, and his two partners, Hermine and Lucy, became friends.

Jules Pascin - Little girl with a hat

Jules Pascin – Little girl with a hat (1924)

Throughout the 1920s, Pascin travelled in various countries, sometimes with Lucy. Otherwise he lived in Paris in his paint workshop, which was never furnished properly as a home. A Martinican woman, Julie Luce, settled with her daughter Simone at his place. She would serve as model, nurse and household keeper for the painter, and she would even be the one able to calm him during his violent fits after binge drinking: “Tu nous fait chier, Pascin! Maintenant va dormir.” (You make us shit, Pascin! Now go to sleep.)

He disliked luxury women, he often chose street girls or young dancers as models, and paid them well. And there was always food and drink available for them. Sometimes models would stay in the evening for a feast. Although he sold his paintings at a high price, they always found buyers in a short time, and often collectors would come at his place to find that nothing was available.

Jules Pascin - Young girl with a doll

Jules Pascin – Young girl with a doll (1924-1926)

His nights were often spent in feasts, at his place, in restaurants or cabarets, sometimes involving 200 guests. Every Friday, he would lock himself in his workshop to make a painting to the taste of art dealers, which would sell at a high price. So on Saturday he would spend the money earned in this way.

Jules Pascin - Little girl with a bouquet

Jules Pascin – Little girl with a bouquet (1925)

Throughout his career, his style had evolved from the harsh lines of the caricatures of the Bavarian period to soft compositions with fancy colours. They became ever more nacreous and misty, in a style that suited his rich patrons. Under contract with the Bernheim-Jeune brothers, paid to paint what they liked, he increasingly felt that he was always doing the same type of picture. He felt disgusted with himself, like a procurer of painting, paid to sell women who sat for him. This was far from the ambitions of his youth.

Jules Pascin - The little actress

Jules Pascin – The little actress (1927)

His body worn out by his continuous excesses, his spirit weakened by the trials of life and love, and having the feeling of being sold out as an artist, on the second night of June 1930 he slit both his wrists, wrote with his blood a farewell to Lucy on the wall, and as death was not coming fast enough, he hung himself to the latch of his door. Lucy found his body three days later. She always blamed herself for not having been there on the eve of his suicide, as she might have prevented it.

In his will, Pascin had bequeathed all his property to Hermine and Lucy, equally. On the morning of June 7, a procession of one thousand marchers accompanied his coffin through the streets of Montmartre, towards the cemetery of Saint-Ouen. At the head were Lucy, accompanied by Per Krohg, followed by Julie Luce and Simone comforting Hermine. Then all his friends, artists, writers and publishers, art traders, dozens of models, bar and restaurant managers, and the little people of slums. At the end was a neat old tramp, sent as delegate by the beggars of Boulevard de Clichy.

Jules Pascin - Little girl in a white shirt

Jules Pascin – Little girl in a white shirt (1929)

Lucy’s marriage with Krohg was dissolved in 1934. Hermine and Lucy never married again, keeping the memory of Pascin. The writer Pierre Mac Orlan summarised Pascin’s personality by the words:

The freest man in the world who belonged to this world only through imaginary links.

(In French: “L’homme le plus libre du monde qui n’appartenait à ce monde que par des liens imaginaires.”)

Jules Pascin - Female

attributed to Jules Pascin – Female

Sources: My article is mainly based on the following book:

Alexandre Dupouy, Pascin, Parkstone International Press, New York (2014).

I completed it with details from the French and English Wikipedia pages.

All above images, except the last one, come from The Athenaeum. Of all art sites, this one gives the greatest number of works by Pascin, and in the highest quality.

The last image above comes from a site trading imitations of known paintings by contemporary Chinese artists. I have not found in any reputable art site a confirmation of the authorship of this painting by Pascin.

I end by including an image from Wikimedia Commons, which gives an unusual example of the portrayal of nude women by Pascin:

Jules Pascin

Jules Pascin – Dolls (1910)

Maiden Voyages: September 2019

(Last Updated On September 3, 2019)

Slipping through the Cracks: In the past month, it has become necessary to move the site over to a new server. It was hoped that this would be a seamless transition, but there are always some glitches when attempting something like this. As a result, some comments placed during a critical time may have slipped through the cracks. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Beauty is a Two-Edged Sword: Every so often media pundits step forward with a new “most beautiful girl in the world” claim. Inevitably this leads to some superficial debate about the nature of beauty and the science, if any, behind it. In this case, the hype is about a pair of stunning twins, Ava Marie and Leah Rose Clements. There is good coverage of the story on the UniversityFox website written by Leila Odinaiv which also attempts to offer some sound science as well. These girls are a hot ticket right now so readers will have no problem finding out the latest information on these girls, their parents and the ethical debate now taking place on the internet.

Breathing Life Into Art: Auguste Rodin’s Man and His Thought

(Last Updated On August 11, 2019)

There are a handful of post-Renaissance painters that nearly everyone knows by name—van Gogh, Picasso, Whistler perhaps—but for modern sculpture there is really only one name that non-art geeks consistently recognize: Auguste RodinThe Thinker is easily Rodin’s most recognizable piece, and one of the most famous artworks of all time.

One of Rodin’s lesser known works is Man and His Thought, which depicts a powerful adult male figure “kissing” the chest of what appears to be a young adolescent girl.  Radical feminists and professional outrage-mongers who fail to grasp the symbolism implied in the work’s title might propose this to be little more than a three-dimensional image of an adult male sexually abusing a young female.  That would be wrong (in both senses of the word).

Auguste Rodin – Man and His Thought (1896-1900) (1)

Auguste Rodin – Man and His Thought (1896-1900) (2)

Auguste Rodin – Man and His Thought (1896-1900) (3)

Several of Rodin’s works deal with man’s—and especially artists’—relationship with his own creative impulses.  This piece is one of them, as the sylphic being half-emerged from the stone represents both the source of creation (inspiration) and the creation itself (art).  Like the myth of Pygmalion, to which this work alludes, the artist breathes life directly into coarse dead stone, and out of it emerges a figure of lithe feminine beauty, shown as a young girl because she is not yet fully formed, an artwork still in the process of being born.

Auguste Rodin – Man and His Thought (1896-1900) (4)

Auguste Rodin – Man and His Thought (1896-1900) (5)

Auguste Rodin – Man and His Thought (1896-1900) (6)

This is not to say that there is no sexual element here at all.  Does the artist have an erotic relationship with his own work?  Certainly Pymalion did.  Other women failed to satisfy him, and so he created his own in Galatea, who is both his metaphorical child and his lover.  (Indeed, there is even a blatantly incestuous interpretation of the myth by poet and classical studies scholar Robert Graves.)  That might be enough for some critics to advance the idea that Man and His Thought justifies parent-child incest.  Of course, it doesn’t.  Rather, it implies that an artist’s relationship with his creative output is inherently incestuous in a psychological sense.

Auguste Rodin – Man and His Thought (1896-1900) (7)

Auguste Rodin – Man and His Thought (1896-1900) (8)

Though the two figures are mismatched in size, they seem to fit together quite snugly, suggesting that they were made for each other the way Pygmalion and Galatea are.  Well, certainly one of them was made to fit the other!

Bonus: Here is a lovely illustrated tribute to Rodin’s sculpture by Sharon C. McGovern:

Sharon C. McGovern – Tribute to Rodin’s ‘Man and His Thought’

Maiden Voyages: August 2019

(Last Updated On August 3, 2019)

Editorial Control: There has been some talk among the staff about having an official policy on comments. This may at first seem sensible so that our readers can be clear on what is allowed and what is not. But it is impossible to always anticipate the tone of a discussion without creating an undesirable bias. I usually like to allow readers to express themselves so long as they make cogent statements. Sometimes the comments or arguments are ones we’ve seen a hundred times and that is all right so long as they do not become too tedious. Therefore I feel it is important to make two points right now regarding comments: 1) We, the staff, have editorial control over all discussion and it is in our purview to edit, delete, censure and/or rebut any comments that are made based on our own judgment. 2) This is an educational site and readers should make remarks with that intention in mind. It is all too easy to come to hasty superficial conclusions based on emotional impulses. Belaboring these conclusions when there is scanty evidential support, at best, demonstrates arrogance and a lack of respect for the educational purpose of this site. Human beings are not well-adapted to our current post-industrial, co-ed civilization and we have a long way to go (and a willingness to handle hot-button issues head on) before it makes any sense to make policy proposals. So please remember to approach Pigtails in Paint with an attitude of a student, not a pedagogue!

The Rectification of Names: Understandably the subject of pedophilia comes up on this site. In common parlance, it is a poorly-defined term and so gets thrown around rather recklessly. However a new term came to my attention recently: ephebophile. At first, I felt this term made a pedantic distinction but, after some thought, we do need to be more precise in our use of language so that we may make some real progress in our discussions. There is an interesting article called ‘The Rectification of Names’ which helps make this distinction and, after reading it, I realized that it is not really a subject we deal with on Pigtails in Paint because it falls outside of the age range of girls we cover. But I would like to mention that ephebophilia  is not merely an extension of pedophilia. Upon puberty, girls/women experience a kind of quantum leap in their sexual development, both physically and psychologically. Therefore, issues involving pubescent girls require an almost completely different set of guidelines than those governing little girls and we should take care not to confound the two ideas.

Dedicated to Child Photography: An associate brought to my attention a blog dedicated to the photographers of children. The site’s mandate is to share installments of submitted photos, offer awards and conduct monthly and annual contests. The winners are published in an ebook which visitors can download.