BIBI A COTE DE SON VELO
A found b&w nude found on a French advertising postcard (for Waverly Belle Cycles) is layered with the logo for another period bicycle ad and distorted Magritte clouds. The work on paper is colored with markers and photo dye on paper. Size: 7x5. Bibi means Bauble. Her bike is a penny-farthing. The poster artist whose type I stole was Paul Gustave Mohr, a French Avant-garde designer from the Art Deco period who was born in 1890 in France and died in 1959 in Paris. New York industrialist Charles Metz made the advertised “Dainty” bikes for girls and boys beginning in the 1890's.
The lady’s bicycle had a radical impact on society and caused debate about the its appropriateness for women. With the rise of the suffragette movement, female riders overcame the belief that cycling led to immorality. Bikes provided an outlet for exercise, new fashion choices and new travel options. In 1896, Susan B. Anthony said that “the bicycle had done more for the emancipation of women than anything else in the world.” Then images of nude cyclists emerged in --of course-- France.
Two pedals forward, two back. Then, I'm no help either by utilizing gratuitous nudity. Au nom de l'art!