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Art Travesty: Frodo in 'Faun and Bacchante', by Bouguereau....

Posted on 2006.07.14 at 20:22
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~ 'Faun and Bacchante', by W. A. Bouguereau, 19th cent., detail.

Warnings: NOT WORKSAFE. By no means sleazy, but it is a nude painting. Depends on your workplace.

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So, then. I'm back from my trip. Once I had gone through my mail, I had meant to get right to work on my next chapter. But it's too darned hot! I can't get serious about writing anything. Catching up on my f-list, I saw an entry from Frodosweetstuff, putting out a call for hobbit-oriented posts. I thought, what about a manip...?

For the last couple of months I've been cruising Google Images and online art galleries looking for chapter illustrations for my fic. While I was at it, I also kept coming across possible paintings for making Frodo Art Travesties.

One of the treasure troves I found was a site hosting the work of French 19th century Academy painter William Adolphe Bouguereau. You who are familiar with my Frodo art manips know that I have made two manips from his paintings, both depicting Cupid and Psyche.

While I appreciate the polish of Bouguereau's technique, I continue to think his compositions almost cloying and sentimental in their extreme sweetness, and campy when they are supposed to be erotic. Still, they can make darned good vehicles for showcasing the beauties of Frodo.

One of his specialties is the artistic presentation of beautiful bodies. He seems especially fond of dishy women, but he can produce dishy men, too (as some of you know from his RAVISHING Cupids, possessors of my favourite Frodo-bodies in art).

The painting I used for this manip is one of many he did set in an idealized Greek antiquity, in which the women are porcelain-skinned, classically-built (tall but curvaceous) beauties -- just this side of [19th century] pin-ups. The children could do ads for baby products; the men are suitably virile, well-built, and handsome. His settings are very lovely, meticulously painted whether they are meadows, courtyards, gardens or seashores.

The couple in this painting, Faun and Bacchante, are lolly-gagging under a tree in a beautifully rendered, atmospheric wood. I am afraid the faun is a little too powerfully-built for "my" sort of Frodo, but there is no denying he is a fine specimen, with lovely skin and a satiny chest. He has dark hair, too.... Otherwise, he is NO match for film-Frodo, as you will see.

The bacchante does not look particularly bacchante-ish, more mellow than wild. Is she mellow from drinking the wine in the amphora that Faun-Frodo is holding? Or is it that she is in a bit of a swoon, being in such proximity to her lovely partner?

As for Faun-Frodo, he could not fail to appreciate his bacchante's superb skin and lush curves, even though he seems more merry than amorous. He's laughing now, full of wine, but I suspect the look in her eyes will draw him in. The wine will be forgotten in melting eyes, honeyed lips, and sweet, heated skin.

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Although this manip is almost campy, I really do like it. I love the way Frodo looks so happy, so light-hearted as a tipsy faun with his lover. The real Frodo seemed to know so little happiness once the Ring entered his life, it's good to see him enjoying himself, if only in artistic fantasy.

~ Frodo in William A. Bouguereau's, 'Faun and Bacchante'.

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To browse previous journal entries featuring Frodo Art Travesties, go HERE.

To see complete album of Frodo Art Travesties, go HERE.

~ Mechtild


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mechtild at 2006-07-15 13:36 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for commenting, Mews! (I hope the preparation for surgery is going well, too.)

No, I haven't done a manip of Bouguereau's young Cupid. That's a beaut; another poster showed me a great Bouguereau for making into an older child-Frodo manip, a youth leading the blind Homer, but I only do manips of grown-up Frodo. The reason I pore energy into making these things is *blush* because I have this besottedness for Frodo (as illustrated by his film image). But it is grown-up Frodo for whom I swoon (although I am pretty darned found of those Ridiculous Thoughts and Flipper screencaps, which I always see as "teen-aged Frodo," although EW is clearly playing someone else).

Thank you for posting the Cupid, though. I had been looking at a Van Dyck "Sebastian" last month in which the martyred saint is portrayed as a boy, with a quite "come hither" look on his face. "You naughty scamp!" I thought affectionately, yet wondering what it reminded me of. I think Bouguereau must have seen that Van Dyck. Although it is not nude, the attitude, pose and mood are very similar.
mariole at 2006-07-15 04:32 (UTC) (Link)
The real Frodo seemed to know so little happiness once the Ring entered his life, it's good to see him enjoying himself, if only in artistic fantasy.

Amen to that! *gives Frodo 17 more orgasms*

Such a nice piccie. Cheers!
mechtild at 2006-07-15 13:39 (UTC) (Link)
Mariole! Get back to work! (Wish there was a big copy of that Morpheus and Iris by Guerin you all saw in Russia. I'd do that as a manip in a minute!)

P.S. Ellin sent a postcard from the State Russian Museum called, "A Bath-house". Did you see it? It's just great! Too bad one can't post naked pics in The Harem. I'd scan it and post it there. I'd post the manip I just made there, but it's naked, too.
Starlit Woods
starlit_woods at 2006-07-15 05:44 (UTC) (Link)
When you come back you do it in style :)

It is a beautiful picture, you always do beautiful work :) It is nice to see Frodo looking like he's a bit drunk and happy and having fun!
mechtild at 2006-07-15 13:42 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the 'Welcome Back'! Startlit, Mews posted the Bouguereau "Cupid," above. Was it you who posted or linked the "Homer Being Led by a Youth" by the same artist, in comment when I had posted a Frodo manip several months ago? I can't remember. I hate it when I can't remember! I feel so...elderly. *grin*
frodosweetstuff at 2006-07-15 07:36 (UTC) (Link)
That's a lovely manip! His expression goes so well with the pic.

As for the hobbity posts - *sigh*, they were supposed to be made in August and with a banner... would you like to do another one when it's time? *hopeful*
mechtild at 2006-07-15 13:43 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, you mean it's turned into something official? Well, I am sure I'll do something in August. That's next month! Banners? Someone's making banners? Really, this all sounds quite fancy. Frodo would be abashed but pleased.
hobbitlove83 at 2006-07-15 08:17 (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back, Mechtild!
That is a beautiful painting and Frodo's face goes so well with it- such a pleasure to watch!

Thank you, honey.
mechtild at 2006-07-15 13:45 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Hobbitlove. I did think the face went well. I've done a lot of sad or tortured or otherwise serious-love manips recently. I thought a "fun" one was in order. It's too sweltering for suffering manips. :D
whiteling at 2006-07-15 08:23 (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back, Mechtild! Lovely new manip - I love the way you made Frodo look happy!
And I see, Frodo has used your absence for a little workout in the fitness room at Tol Eressea. ;-)

In terms of the 19th century, the symbolism of this painting is rather bold.
What about the Faun's staff with its mounted pine cone and the amphora? And then the facial expression of B's original Faun... oh lala, this guy knows how to handle his ladies.
mechtild at 2006-07-15 13:53 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Frodo has been pumping iron in the gardens of BEWTE. And those lasses have been feeding him up nicely. Actually, when I first saw and made this, I thought what a perfect Harem illo it would make. Too bad one can't post images with naked breasts (or butts) in the site.

But you intrigue me, Whiteling. What is the symbolic significance of the amphora? I figured it just implied they were at the usual drunken orgies Bacchus was supposed to host. Do you mean its shape? Or something else? I don't know what the festive pine-cone topped staff is supposed to signify other that fertility (pinecones-lots of seeds; staff-long projectile). But I don't know why a Bacchante be toting this particular sort of staff around, since Bacchus was not particularly a fertility god. Did she carry it to beat off fauns? She could give him a good clonk with that cone.

Or is it a sex toy...? That would make more sense at a Bacchanalia. *snort*

Yes, the face on the original faun was quite Casanova-ish. ;)
maewyn_2 at 2006-07-15 09:42 (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm. It seems like a high time is about to be had by all!
mechtild at 2006-07-15 13:54 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, very high. Maewyn, how's the new job going? Have I missed an update while I was gone? ((((((Maewyn))))))
shirebound at 2006-07-15 12:52 (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back, and Frodo deserves all the joy and delight he can find!
mechtild at 2006-07-15 13:58 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, he's really whooping it up in this manip. Perhaps he is at a Lithe festival that got out of hand? I need Bandwench or Ariel to come put fur on their feet, though. That's beyond my skill to do convincingly. No, he'll have to remain "faun-Frodo" rather than hobbit-Frodo, and they'll have to stay at a bacchanale in Arcadia rather than at a Lithe fete in Hobbiton, and no one will be dancing the Springle-ring.

Thanks for the welcome, Shirebound. But weren't you going away or something? Or did you already do that and come back while I was away? If so, I hope you enjoyed yourself.
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mechtild at 2006-07-15 14:25 (UTC) (Link)
*cough* White Gull, do you know I thought of you? Well, I thought of all the Haremites. This manip really is an archetypical Harem image, no?
bagma at 2006-07-15 14:43 (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back!:)
Thank you very much for your beautiful manip. It's always a pleasure to see Frodo happy and enjoying himself!
mechtild at 2006-07-15 14:53 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Bagma. I wonder who that lad will be taking on next? Somehow, he does not look in the mood to stay put. He's just too happy. Perhaps he'll just go over to the revels and stand on a [classical] table and recite nonsensical poetry, or sing silly Faun songs, or play the pipes?
not_alone at 2006-07-15 14:48 (UTC) (Link)
It's wonderful to see you again Gand... er Mechtild!! I love your new manip - especially the expression of complete joy and abandonment on Frodo's face. "The real Frodo seemed to know so little happiness once the Ring entered his life, it's good to see him enjoying himself, if only in artistic fantasy." So true. *sniff* Oh, to be that lady!
mechtild at 2006-07-15 14:56 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Not Alone.

Yes, he really does look happy. Can't you just hear that infectious giggle? I am thinking of the one just after Frodo says, "Go on, ask Rosie for a dance!" to Sam before pushing him into the dancers.

Yes, that lady looks very appreciative. However, I get the feeling that once he has enjoyed her company, this Faun will be moving on, looking for another partner to share his high spirits. ;)
taerie at 2006-07-15 21:41 (UTC) (Link)
Whee!!! I'm sure you knew I would love this!!! I can't get enough of happy Frodos. Laughing Frodos are that much better! Nice job!
mechtild at 2006-07-15 22:24 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Taerie! And thanks for posting that great going-over-a-jump icon. How I love it!
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-07-17 14:01 (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back Mechtild.

Oh bliss! Wonderful happy Frodo.

A beautiful picture of beautiful happiness.

...I need Bandwench or Ariel to come put fur on their feet, though. That's beyond my skill to do convincingly.

Perhaps Frodo wore the hair off his feet. :D

You probably know why it is said that being bald is a sign of virility. It’s all that rubbing of the head in the pillow. I suppose the same could be said of bald feet in a hobbit’s case.

*in unison * ‘We don’t wish to know that kindly leave the LJ!’

mechtild at 2006-07-17 14:33 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Este! That's good to know.

But why is the hair worn off the lass's insteps? Is Frodo that keen on rear-entry? Or do they spend that much time kneeling? *smirk*
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-07-18 09:43 (UTC) (Link)
He he he.

Hubs and I will just have to try all the positions in the ‘Karma Sutra’ AND ‘The Perfumed Garden’, to find out which position would have worn away the hair on the lass’s insteps.

Oh bother – such drudgery – well I suppose someone has to do it.

Page one: Find a suitable hobbit…er - I mean hubby – preferably your own.

Page two: ….. *wicked chuckle*

BTW do we get to hear about your stay at Mum’s?
mechtild at 2006-07-18 13:00 (UTC) (Link)
Let me know if you find any new seriously foot-fur-reducing positions. ;)

Este, thank you for asking, but I wasn't going to post about my trip. There weren't any very interesting pictures and not much happened that would have been of wide interest. My mother is about the same; pretty good health but very creaky. It takes her forever to get up out of a chair or out of the car, her joints are so stiff and painful. Her speech is still not up to par. Her mind is lively and clear, but she has the thing where she can't remember the names of things - nouns, proper or improper. Drives her nuts. I've had it for years. "I just love that actor! You know, what's-his-name, who was in that movie called - what was it called - you know, the one where the ship sinks." That sort of thing. My brother, who is very well-off and has no children, took us all for three day trips on his new very expensive high performance boat. It was rather fun to hang on while he did 50 - 70 miles per hour up the Potomac River up to Washington D. C. The Nine Companions could have used it on the Anduin, although every orc in Middle-earth would have heard them coming. Unfortunately I fell down climbing into it on the second day trip, spraining muscles in my calf. It still hurts two weeks later. I thought I had broken it! Just too old for speed boats.
lembas_junkie at 2006-07-19 02:00 (UTC) (Link)
Woah! :D *fans self*

I come back to the internet after weeks and weeks, and this is what I see?! What have I been MISSING for the past two months?!

Nice work, Mech - mrow!

Lembas :)

p.s. Did you get that email I sent you last week? :)
mechtild at 2006-07-19 07:02 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the comment, Lembas! Although I really like it, I was beginning to think the manip was sort of a dud.

How have you been? No, I did not get an email from you last week. I was away, you know, visiting out east from July 1 - 12 (just after I got Ch. 14 back from Scarlet and got it posted just under the wire before I left -- which was a huge feeling of accomplishment).

Maybe it came then and got deleted somehow...? Anyway, I hope you have been enjoying the summer. I saw some more piccies of Nova Scotia, you know, beauts. Quite by accident, too. I was following a lead to another LJ to look at some EW pictures, and there I was in the journal of a Nova Scotia person, who had just been hiking in various NS parks. Her piccies were nearly as pretty as yours! It was like a vacation.
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