Thursday, June 12, 2008

Tableau Vivant

From Wikipedia: Tableau vivant (plural: tableaux vivants) is French for "living picture." The term describes a striking group of suitably costumed actors or artist's models, carefully posed and often theatrically lit. Throughout the duration of the display, the people shown do not speak or move. The approach thus marries the art forms of the stage with those of painting/photography, and as such it has been of interest to modern photographers. The most recent hey-day of the tableau vivant was the 19th century with virtually nude tableau vivants or "poses plastiques" providing a form of erotic entertainment.

Never heard of this art form before a link was emailed to me with this photo.

It got me thinking about the life of the static prop haunter (me). Which pretty much makes my display a Tableau Mort.


Thanks, Nina, for the cool (and creepy) link.

Flickr source.


bean said...

very cool. totally going to try this. (the "severed head" thing...not the erotic thing.)