Dust jacket notes: “The Bride Stripped Bare is a study of thirteen twentieth-century artists, and of the erotic and affective sensibilities expressed in their work. Matisse’s odalisques and Picasso’s demoiselles, Bonnard’s bathers, Balthus’s Lolitas and de Kooning’s harpies all appear in this provocative and original book, as do the nudes of Maillol, Schiele, Modigliani, Pascin, Lachaise, Stanley Spencer, Lucian Freud, and Philip Pearlstein.
“By exploring the relationship between artist and model – as well as the artist’s relationships with the other women in his life, with historical images of the nude, whether the results yield the near-portraiture of Freud or the violent abstraction of Picasso.
“The complex relationship between art and biography is also considered, particularly in the work of Bonnard and Schiele, whose marriages radically altered their treatments of the nude. While artists such as Philip Pearlstein may proclaim that ‘content is not interesting,’ and Matisse insisted, ‘I do not create a woman, I make a picture,’ many of the best and most advanced artists of the century have painted or sculpted – often obsessively – the female nude. With passion and insight, Janet Hobhouse shows how no other subject addresses as directly or as fundamentally the questions of who we are and how we love.”
“The Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso is a legend that arose from a practical need. In the early 1930s, a group of Polo players asked César de Trey, a watch dealer, to create a timepiece robust enough to survive to the brutality of their sport; a request that César de Trey sent to Jacques-David LeCoultre. René-Alfred Chauvot, the French engineer in charge of the development of this new watchcase, didn’t use a protective grill on the top of the watch (a process used for WW1 military watches.) Instead, he designed a reversible case in order to protect the fragile dial and glass of the watch.
The Manufacture LeCoultre patented the concept of ‘a watch that is able to slide out of its frame and turn around completely’ on March 4, 1931. Using grooves, pins and a locking mechanism, the central part of the case can rotate 180 degrees. This is not only a practical construction but also an aesthetically elegant design, as it gives the watch both a very casual and dressed face and a robust, plain caseback for sport purposes.” More here.