Silhouettes have captured the imagination of people since the early 18th century. The first silhouttes were painted images of the subject's shadow and were referred to as shades. English royalty made this art form very popular. Artists would attend formal gatherings such as balls and other social events and paint the shadows of lords and ladies. The art form then moved swiftly across Europe.
In France, the peers of Etienne de Silhouette were very impressed with his technique and attached his name to this lovely art form. Silhouettes were used in brochures, magazines and pictures in the US and Canada during the late 1800s and early 1900s. At this time the art form hit new heights. They were replaced by photography in the mid 20th century.
Today silhouettes are still seen in magazines, on billboards and are used in many different forms of advertising, but they aren't as popular as they were at one time.
While surfing a free photo share site, I came across this silhouette. It reminded me of two that I have that hung in my parent's house when I was a child. They had once belonged to my great-grandmother. They now belong to me and hang in my house as a reminder of bygone days.
This is my second week of particpating in Friday Flea Market. Be sure to check out the treasures I have this week at Mary's Vintage Flea Market. Included are vintage prints, vintage luncheon plates with matching tea cups that fit right onto the plate, a Queen Anne bone china cup and saucer and a reproduction of a vintage marriage certificate that is blank and can be filled in to use as a beautiful wedding or shower gift.
Show and Tell Friday is cancelled this week due to Easter. I will be participating as usual next Friday.
I wish all of my readers a wonderful Good Friday. Enjoy the day with your family. ~Blessings, Mary~