The New Contemporary Art Magazine

Tag: dandies

During the Victorian era, it was almost impossible to see a beard-free male face. This uniquely Victorian trend has been a thing of fascination for Los Angeles based artist Aaron Smith, who makes these dapper bearded men the primary subjects of his oil paintings. Previously featured on our blog, Smith, who sports an impressive beard himself, borrows his subjects from vintage photographs which he invigorates with a trippy palette and impressionistic strokes. He relates them to "dandies"- men of the 18th and 19th centuries that paid particular attention to their appearance and manor.

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