Russian Style: Pierre et Gilles

Once again, this is part of a collection of Russian postcards. These along with the one in the Réti post and the Otto Lohmüller post that follows seem to have been printed by the same company. When I first saw these, I initially took them to be photographs but, as is so often the case, there is some intriguing story behind them. The artists of the first image are not credited on the postcard and clearly it is a (perhaps patent) metaphor for youth with the overly-luscious strawberries. In northern regions, strawberries are a significant herald of spring as they are the first fruit to appear after winter dormancy. Ingmar Bergman employed this symbol in the film Wild Strawberries. This postcard is one in a series called “Russian style” .

Pierre et Gilles - Girl in Garden

Pierre et Gilles – Girl in Garden

Thank you once again Vasya for pointing me in the right direction.  I found a better version of the image above so I have posted it here instead.  -Ron

Pierre Commoy (born 1950) and Gilles Blanchard (born 1953) met in 1976 and not only became partners in art, but romantic partners as well.  Commoy is a photographer and Blanchard a painter and most of their output are collaborations of retouched photographs that have an iconic feel to them.  From what I could see, their subject matter leans heavily toward the erotic incorporating hints of satire.

The original incarnation of this post only contained the image above, but Pip pointed out an interesting work featuring Eva Ionesco and Martin Loeb who acted together in the film Maladolescenza (1977), controversial for its romantic portrayal of adolescents (more on Ionesco and this film in a future post).

Pierre et Gilles - Adam and Eve (1981)

Pierre et Gilles – Adam and Eve (1981)

And to round out this post, there was another image (my apologies for it being so small) that caught my eye and is well worth presenting.

Pierre et Gilles - La petite princesse (1997)

Pierre et Gilles – La petite princesse (1997)

As always, if anyone can provide proper titles and/or dates to these works or a better version of these images, the effort would be much appreciated.

Pierre et Gilles (Wikipedia)

One thought on “Russian Style: Pierre et Gilles

  1. The first image is a work by French duet Pierre et Gilles, if we can trust Google Images. This postcard version also looks a little bit narrowed in comparison with other copies of the image in the Internet.

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