"Every human being grows up inside a sheath of custom, which enfolds it as the swathing clothes enfold the infant." — Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) "Custom," The Fortnightly Review, July 1, 1888 — Image: ["For the apparel oft proclaims the man." Hamlet, Act 1:3] Lili Elbe by Gerda Wegener (c. 1928) — #custom #EdwardCarpenter #quoteoftheday
Flower Girl, 1922, Gerda Wegener. (Gerda Gottlieb Wegener Porta). Danish Illustrator, Painter (1886 - 1940) (most of her stuff is too risqué to put on here. It was the time period, all those cabarets and artists everywhere pushing limits. Her work generally depicts lovers or ahem, self-love. Interestingly, he husband had the first sex-change operation and then divorced her.)
"Lili Elbe and Gerda Gottlieb: defining gender through artistic representation" While researching Lili I found that Gerda and her art were crucial for Lili’s life (birth, even) so I thought it would be fitting to talk about both of them. And don’t worry, they were quite the pair! Does a turn-of-the-century Parisian, lesbian/bisexual romance sound interesting? Well, that’s exactly what happened. Come meet Lili and Gerda!