Monday, March 20, 2006
Austin Briggs (1909-1973)
What the heck was up with Austin Briggs in 1951?! Not only does he paints a naked male butt for Cosmo, but he takes "the clinch" romance scenario way past "torrid" and all the way up the scale to "erotic". This is what one might call "pushing the envelope".
Just take a look at this piece (take a long lingering look) and marvel at how thoroughly successful and accomplished it is in every way - Briggs has rendered a true masterpiece evoking a sense of true passion that must have taken the breath away from every woman who flipped open the magazine and set eyes upon it back in 1951.
I think its as powerful an image today as it was 55 years ago.