Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Gibson Girl

Arguably the first American standard for female beauty, the Gibson girl was created by pen and ink illustrator Charles Dana Gibson.  
Sleep eyed, long necked, tall, voluptuous and hair piled atop her head, the Gibson girl was the favorite character of Gibson's many satyrical vignettes.  
She was always portrayed as being independent, confident, powerfully seductive in her innocent femininity and the woe and desire of all men surrounding her.  
I found three books of Gibson's work at the High today while conducting inventory and melted into a puddle when I saw his gorgeous and witty illustrations.

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