Two Nude Bathers Under a Tree at the Water’s Edge (Deux baigneuses nues sous un arbre au bord de l’eau) (1895) by Aristide Maillol (French, 1861–1944)
In ancient times women who worshipped the wine god Bacchus were said to enter into ecstatic frenzies in the wilderness, liberated from the restrictive clothes and repressive customs of their home life. How much more civilized we are now.
Glamour Photography, Summer 1955
Myrna Weber, framed by trees (1958)
Worst job of camouflage ever. She never would have made it back in ‘Nam.
Model Brenda North took a turn in front of the camera and a tree, too. From Spick and Span magazine.
Evelyn Tripp by Frances Pellegrini from a 1950s Harper’s Bazaar
One of Dwig’s (Clare Victor Dwiggins) 556 postcards. One of the “Fortune Teller” series from 1909.
Source: Flickr / suzee_que
The illustration is the work of “Herric,” which was a pseudonym of Chéri Hérouard, a lot of whose work for more respectable publications (like La Vie Parisienne) is floating around Tumblr (I posted another, rather different image from him in the current women and trees series).
This is from Cinglants Châtiments (1932) by Walter Flog, which I presume is another pseudonym (and a funny one).
An illustration by John Willie (a pseudonym of John Alexander Scott Coutts) from Bizarre magazine in the late 1940s or 1950s.
Three Naked in the Forest (1934-35) by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
A nude by Edwin Bower Hesser from the late 1920s or early 1930s
Gisele Bündchen. Tree. A lot of leg.
1923, when the geese finally rebelled to throw off the shackles of oppression
How I spend my autumn days…waiting for just the right moment, and hoping my monocle doesn’t fall out at the wrong time….