Tag Archives: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Give the people what they want

For all his virtues, John Singer Sargent distorted the female form as cynically as any modern adman. His society women are absurdly tall and lanky. They are depersonalized mannequins for the fantastic clothing that was his (and their) real interest. He was hardly alone. From Nefertiti to the modern era, women’s figures have been manipulated in […]