Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Stolen Kiss

Soon, yes, soon, we'll have our chance,
To embrace each other in love's dance.
A dance which I'll take her hand and show,
The love she's yet to know.

And yes, we'll know it with that kiss,
The look of tender bliss.
The hug and warm embrace will say it all,
Fall from the precipice into the abyss,
With that first sweet tender kiss.

~P. Bere

This postcard was sent from Russia.  It features an oil on canvass painting by French artist Jean HonorĂ© Fragonard entitled "The Stolen Kiss".  The artwork, which is said to have been painted for the bailiff of Breteuil, French ambassador to the Order of Malta in Rome, is part of the collection of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

"The Stolen Kiss explores the theme of secretive romance and passionate moments grabbed in a fleeting moment. The painting captures a perfectly frozen moment in time; two lovers caught by the spectator in the act of stealing a furtive kiss while no-one else is looking.

The young maiden is coquettish, leaning in for the kiss while at the same time looking away back towards the other members of the party in the next room over.

The action is stilted, the figures posed in what almost seems to be a caricature of a passionate embrace. In keeping with the frivolity of Rococo style, the young lady's dress is painted with extraordinary attention to detail. The decoration and fashion becomes almost a third character in the scene.

This type of semi-erotic theme was quite popular in the heady days before the French Revolution, particularly with the French aristocracy who slouched fashionably around the halls of Versailles digging up romantic follies and gossip fodder of their own. Fragonard was the favored genius of this genre.

One can almost see in the sly look of the maiden's eyes the knowledge of the coming storm, knowing that the decadence couldn't last; and in this way The Stolen Kiss stands as a historical artifact, transcending the bounds of mere genre eroticism." (Source: Read the entire article here.)

Many thanks to Maria for this postcard and the wonderful stamps that came along with it.

Wishing you happy journeys...

This is my share for the Wednesday postcard meme 
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  1. this is one of a kind postcard..Love it and the details that surrounds it:)

  2. Another interesting postcard from Russia,very nice and the stamps too!

    Happy PP!

  3. Awwwww - I love the postcard and the story behind it. It kind of reminds me of those times... way back when... hihihi... please excuse the girlish streak ^.^

  4. wow! hindi kremlin ang stamp..
    marami din silang ibang stamp no..dami ko ng narereceive na hindi kremlin..
    Late visiting from PP#24 sis..Have a nice day..
    My PP #24