Méret Oppenheim Gets Inky Hands

(Erotique Voilée 1933) Méret Oppenheim. Artist/Photography: Man Ray (Emanuel Rabinovitch)

I love this picture of surrealist artist and photographer Méret Oppenheim – She of the furry cup fame (Object ‘Breakfast in Fur’). Photograph title: Erotique Voilée by the artist Man Ray 1933.

I used to hate getting ink on my skin when printing at school, but here Oppenheim flaunts it openly in an innocent act of chastity and filth, acceptability and the forbidden fruits of sexual indulgence, maybe male and female or physical and spiritual, and today we might just say black and white!

Just to note that Oppenheim’s Eton crop hairstyle was, by 1933, about ten years out of date amongst the glitterati – however, it’s my favourite style to cut!

Is short hair going to make a comeback in the Spring 2013?

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2 thoughts on “Méret Oppenheim Gets Inky Hands

  1. Hi, after your remark about her hair dress, I wonder if the periods in which certain hair styles were fashionable were the same in all countries.
    You mention this as Eton crop. Being ignorant about this, I had to look it up. As this style started in Britain and the United States, couldn’t it be possible that both the start and decline of this fashion was a few years later in France and Germany?

    • In those days, right up to about the mid/late 1990s, fashion was different/behind in the provinces compared to the cities! So, yes, countries differed too, very much so – still do up to a point. There is also a spread, a blending, a time-scale for fashion – especially in hair-styles. Well travelled celebrities and the film industry obviously help promote certain looks!

      Thank you for your comment Bram.

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