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Two 'Frodo Art Travesty' versions of Bouguereaus' 1889 'Cupid and Psyche'....

Posted on 2006.02.14 at 23:45
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Oh, squeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

I thought I would never find a painting that would inspire me to make another Art Travesty manip. But, while I was in my "Frodo Art Travesty" album, adding the titles, dates, and artist's names for each manip, I had to check a few things in Google art sites. In the process, I found there was yet another, earlier version of Cupid and Psyche painted by William Bouguereau. The result? More manips. I will present the original from last year, plus two versions of the new one.

William Adolphe Bouguereau was a late-19th-century French academic painter who produced a lot of paintings with flawless technique, but which tended to look a lot like high-class pin-ups. His Abduction of Psyche [by Cupid] was no exception -- very pastel and pretty. But my eyes *popped* at how perfect Cupid's body was to portray "my" idea of fanfic Frodo. Of course, I would use "Cupid and Psyche" for a manip.

As you fans of Frodo Art Travesties know, I did a manip of his 1895 "Cupid and Psyche" last year. Here's a link to the original painting: William Bouguereau's 1895 The Abduction of Psyche





~ Here is a work-safe crop of the manip I made last year, from Bouguereau's 1895 "Abduction of Psyche":









~ Here is the full piece, Frodo bearing Psyche up to heaven in Bouguereau's 'Abduction of Psyche':






Here is a link to another painting, which I found today, Bouguereau's earlier treatment of the same mythological theme: William Bouguereau's 1889 version of Cupid and Psyche



*drum roll*



Frodo and art fans, here are the two manips I made from it this evening, each preceded by a work-safe version, for the purposes of posting them in the "browser version" that appears for my Friends List.

I love how Psyche is really, really swooning in the version below. (And who would not?) I adore the ravishing blue colour of Cupid's draperies, too, not to mention the stirring suggestion of an upward sweep, or thrust, to those drapes. *Oh, yes* (Obviously, this Cupid means business once he gets Psyche up to his bower on Mt. Olympus.)




~ Frodo as Cupid in Bouguereau's 1889 Cupid and Psyche, Frodo facing Psyche, work-safe crop:









~ Frodo in Bouguereau's 1889 'Cupid and Psyche', head turned towards Psyche, full painting:









I loved how the manip above turned out, using a richly reflective face from the FotR fireside scene. But I wanted to see if I could find a Frodo face that was more of a profile, which would allow him to relate to Psyche more. After a lot of browsing, I chose a face from the last Bag End scene, when Frodo is writing at his desk, just before he experiences his anniversary shoulder pangs. I thought the choice of face did so well -- and made the mood of the manip so different -- I could not help making this version, too.

ETA: The version below definitely turned out to be the favourite. But I wasn't happy with the chin area, so I redid it from scratch and re-posted it. I much prefer it. (The new version has gone into the Photobucket album, too.) If you had preferred the other, email me and I'll send it to you as an attachment.





~ Frodo as Cupid in Bouguereau's 1889 Cupid and Psyche, face forward, work-safe crop:









~ Frodo as Cupid in Bouguereau's 1889 'Cupid and Psyche', face forward, full painting:


Frodo as Cupid, 1889, looking front





A few related links....


An 8/27/05 journal entry about the sculpted version of Cupid and Psyche by Canova. The myth and its treatment in art is talked about.


The Frodo Art Travesties album. This is for those who still don't know where to find this link. Each image, when opened, now bears an accompanying text, giving the details for each painting or statue.


~ Mechtild



Comments:


ellinestel
ellinestel at 2006-02-15 07:19 (UTC) (Link)
Brain-fried, Ellin goes off to work... ;)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-02-15 14:11 (UTC) (Link)
Take that brain off the fire, Ellin. You'll need some for work. ;)
pearlette
pearlette at 2006-02-15 09:31 (UTC) (Link)
Gorgeous!!!!!!!

:):):):):)

You and your drapes. *snicker*

Happy, happy swooning indeed. :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-02-15 14:15 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I'm a fan of drapes, no doubt about it. It seems that artists felt they couldn't really endow their subjects when portrayed fully nude. Not tasteful. Not noble to have a noticeable member.

Beautiful nude males fared much better when veiled by drapes. Classical artists seemed to feel free to suggest a lot more *vitality* when it could be done under cover.
Scarlet
stillscarlet at 2006-02-15 11:00 (UTC) (Link)
I don't think I've seen that first one before, Mechtild! It's enchanting - and the original is gorgeous too. Love Psyche's hair, though I can't help thinking she's going to get some awful tangles in it....

The blue drapery is priceless. *snerk*
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-02-15 14:20 (UTC) (Link)
You had't seen the first one? The pinks-and-orchids one? You could never have opened up the manip album link, then. I did post it publically, but that was in The Harem (since, like most of the "Art Travesties," I made it before I had an LJ).

I think when Psyche gets to Mt. Olympus and is made an immortal, she'll get some sort of magic hair assist. Even Tolkien's Elves seemed not to have serious bad hair days unless being kept prisoner and tormented by Morgoth. It was an elf who dissed Turin for poor hair upkeep.
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-02-15 13:07 (UTC) (Link)
Should I be embarrassed to admit it? *blush*

Nope - I should not so I’ll come right out with it.

These manips turn me on.

Thank you for making and sharing them.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-02-15 14:23 (UTC) (Link)
These manips turn me on.

I confess they do that to me, too. I really, really love the sort of body Bouguereau gives his Cupid -- both of them. It's always been difficult looking through art and photos of nude men thought to be beautiful, to find ones that are delineated but not in the least "herky". I want my Frodo to retain that "beautiful youth" look, which implies less built-up muscles.

Bouguereau does awfully nice skin for the Cupids, too.

And drapes. :D
Mariole
mariole at 2006-02-15 13:47 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yes! Give me version two-- now!

Nice work. :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-02-15 14:25 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Mariole. I prefer version 2, too, although I may have to re-do it to be perfectly happy. For some reason, when I was preparing the face cut-out, it would not let me do the "feathered edges" selection, which makes for a softer blend at the chin line.

The face suited the compostition really well, though, I thought.
lembas_junkie
lembas_junkie at 2006-02-15 14:14 (UTC) (Link)
Yeeeee-a-HOOOOOO! :D

Holy SCHMACKers, I can't believe that you found one as good as the first painting (which is one of my favorites of yours, meeyow!). I like your second version best. Hubba! :)

Lembas
:)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-02-15 14:27 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Lembas, for commenting. Yes, that Bouguereau really knew how to make swoony males. His females are pretty swoony, too, but it's the men I want.

Perhaps his swoony art is the forerunner of all the covers of grocery store romances?
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Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-02-15 16:58 (UTC) (Link)
Mews, I'm repeating this message to everyone who liked this.

I am so crazy about version #2 of the new manip (of the 1889 painting), in case you saved it, I want you to know I redid and reposted it (in the Photobucket, too). I just wasn't happy with the chin area.

In order to make the correction, I needed to do it again from scratch. I like the new version much better, although the differences are subtle. I airbrushed out the obvious flaws on the copy's surface, too.

Thanks so much for your comments! If you have never seen the Art Travesties, you might open the link and go through the images some time, full size. Some are so-so, some are funny, but some are gorgeous. I have been learning as I go along.

I think everyone agrees #2 with the profile is the better of the two. I think I will make the first one into a link, instead, so it won't be distracting.

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taerie
taerie at 2006-02-15 15:54 (UTC) (Link)
Lovely! Especially appreciate finding the right type body for him.. It is hard to find.
Erase her face please and put mine on.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-02-15 17:03 (UTC) (Link)
Taerie, I'm repeating this message to everyone who liked this:

I am so crazy about version #2 of the new manip (of the 1889 painting), in case you saved it, I want you to know I redid and reposted it (in the Photobucket, too). I just wasn't happy with the chin area.

In order to make the correction, I needed to do it again from scratch. I like the new version much better, although the differences are subtle. I airbrushed out the obvious flaws on the copy's surface, too.

I think everyone agrees #2 with the profile is the better of the two. I think I will make the first one into a link, instead, so it won't be distracting.

Taerie, you are so right about the body type. I had a HECK of a time finding a nude male photograph on the internet for his type. All the porn sites showed these really, really studly, heavily-muscled guys. They wouldn't do at all. Bouguereau's Cupids are the best though, hands down. (Hands on?)

Erase her face please and put mine on.

You know, I put Lembas' face into my manip of the Frodo in Vermeer's "Girl with a Wine Glass". It didn't come out that well, but it made a cute little joke present. Finding a proper face from one's own photos of oneself is quite a challenge. Few people have a thousand beautiful close-ups to choose from, but film-Frodo does.
frodosweetstuff
frodosweetstuff at 2006-02-15 16:38 (UTC) (Link)
Eeep, that's EXACTLY how I want to be carried off to heaven by Frodo (or Elijah, if Frodo is not available).... *giggles*

Thank you, Mechtild. Very beautiful. You have put a lot of impure thoughts in my head today. :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-02-15 17:09 (UTC) (Link)
Eeep, that's EXACTLY how I want to be carried off to heaven by Frodo (or Elijah, if Frodo is not available).... *giggles*

Seriously, I have more than once written that when I die, I want God to send film-Frodo to be my angel of death; my "Charon" to accompany me over the river Styx; my Eros to bear me up to paradise. But I am actually not kidding. I really love him, and I believe Tolkien's story, especially the character of Frodo in it, are mediums for grace (or can be).

Frodosweetstuff, I'm repeating the message below to everyone who liked this and may have seen only the first #2 that I posted:

I am so crazy about version #2 of the new manip (of the 1889 painting), in case you saved it, I want you to know I redid and reposted it (in the Photobucket, too). I just wasn't happy with the chin area. In order to make the correction, I needed to do it again from scratch. I like the new version much better, although the differences are subtle. I airbrushed out the obvious flaws on the copy's surface, too.

People seem to agree that #2 (with the profile) is the better of the two. I think I will make the first one into a link, instead, so it won't be distracting.
igraine
igraine1419 at 2006-02-15 19:44 (UTC) (Link)
Oh my goodness, just ohhh...

Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-02-15 20:15 (UTC) (Link)
Igraine! I was SO hoping you would drop by, as a fan of the Cupid and Psyche myth. If I could find a painting of Cupid bearing a man to heaven, I would certainly make a manip of it to go with your GORGEOUS Frodo story, Psyche.

Bouguerau, whatever he was like in real life, I kiss his paint-smeared fingers for having made such paintings, that we might enjoy gazing at film-Frodo starring in them. *sigh*

I meant to say how great I thought your choice of icon was, to illustrate your comment. :D
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-02-16 09:28 (UTC) (Link)
Igraine, there is a beautiful drawing, by Trilliah, of Frodo being carried off to heaven by Samwise. Samwise makes a beautiful angel.

I don't know how to post it here so I will send it to Mechtild via ye olde e-maile.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-02-16 14:07 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Estë, I got your email. I'll post the picture to Igraine's comment so she'll see it.

I'll bet someone sent it to her when she posted Psyche, although in her fic it is Frodo who takes Cupid's role, not Sam. That fic was so wonderful. I'll never, never forget what she did with all the wing imagery during their meetings - how they felt but, almost more, the sound of them. I would hate to be deaf if only not to be able to imagine the sound of Cupid-Frodo's wings beating or the sound of his pinion feathers rustling as they were handled. I've never read sensuality written about in a way that was at once so vivid and immediate, and yet elevated out of common experience. The stuff Igraine did with those wings was to me a stroke of genius.

wendylady1
wendylady1 at 2006-02-16 18:41 (UTC) (Link)
Mechtild,
I am just speechless....he is ravishing !!!

How utterly gorgeous...

This is definitely how I want to die and go to Heaven !!!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-02-16 22:16 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Wendy. It/he really is ravishing, isn't he? In the 1895 pink-and-orchid version, also gorgeous, the mood is quite different for me, all focussed on the lovely, lover-liness of Frodo/Cupid. In that one, Psyche looks like she's squeeing silently, saying to herself, "Oh, lucky, lucky me, to be borne away by this man of sheer, utter, unbelieavle yumminess!!!" But, in the new manip, the 1889 greeny-bluish version, she's simply fainted away. I think that's nearer what would be the truth. ;)
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