Bloom of youth

Bloom of youth

80 x 60 cm, © 2017, € 875,00
Two-dimensional | Painting | Oils | on canvas
Awarded by the jury for 'Kunst in de etalage' In the second half of the 19th century the cream 'Bloom of youth' was very popular among American women of the upper and middle class. Using this cream gave them the white skin they wanted. With a white skin like that it was obvious that they did not need to work outside. It was a sign of prospetity. By using this cream the women not only obtained a white skin but also looked like etherical creatures. This volatility and  vulnarability was very fashionable these days. It was unknown that one of the ingredients of the cream was the poisoness pigment white-lead. The women became ill and they payed their beauty dearly, namely with their death.  Source: ‘Kleur’, biografie van kleuren door Victoria Finlay