The title is a French term applied to the 19th Century fashion of incorporating, into Western art, Japanese color and design principles.
The Impressionists and Post-Impressionists were among the first to paint “Japanese” pictures. Vincent Van Gogh in particular was passionate for Japanese art: Despite his poverty, he collected a large number of Japanese woodblock prints, painting his own interpretations of several.
As Oscar Wilde, Whistler and other aesthetes declared their devotion to all things Japanese, Toulouse-Lautrec famously applied Japanese design to the advertising poster, forever changing the look of commercial graphic design. Art Nouveau later expressed a Japanese aesthetic in its use of simple, graceful organic shapes.
This piece is an abstract, but like most of my abstracts it suggests a wealth of images on close inspection. Unlike most of my abstracts, it employs simple Japanese design and a subdued, limited palette: The Japanese sought harmony rather than contrast, serenity rather than drama.
Social acceptance? I feel like that’s the main one that applies to all sex workers of all kinds, and kind of trickles down an covers the other specific issues that are more genre targeted.
But isn’t that what plagues us all? Not just sex workers. Getting other humans to stop being such judgmental assholes about things that don’t actually directly affect their lives?
DeSalle: Gown and Feathers
We can see the shoulder strap of what is presumably a party gown; and certainly the feathers suggest that the evening has been pretty festive. But everything must end, and it seems that the lady is ready to call it a night.