Saturday, November 26, 2011

Decadent Deco

Another view of women from 1915, by my favorite decadent Deco artist — Georges Barbier. The elegant woman on the right appears to have been spanked recently, or am I paying too much attention here?

Georges Barbier — La Vie Parisienne magazine — 1915

Can someone, knowledgeable in French, translate the border heading? Google translator is not making sense of it.

Update: I appreciate hearing from all you folks with translations. Coming straight from Jacques in France, this seems to be the final word:

The sentence in Georges Barbier's illustration is, in french:
"il est mieux de deviner que de voir",
which could be translated as :
"Guessing is better than seeing"
or as
" It is better to guess than to see".
—Your choice.—


Ken said...

Translates as "Is it better to guess or to see?" Presumably - clothed or naked, which is better?


Ken said...

Strictly "Is it better to guess than to see.?"

Ken (again)

Daniel [] said...

“C'est Mieux de deviner que de voir.” → “It is better to guess than to see.”

Which is to say that the imagined is better than the realized, and in particular a partially covered women is more attractive than one simply naked.

(I'm not at all sure that I agree on that particular.)

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Thank you gentlemen.

In my mind, clothed or naked, women are to be adored (but I see your point Daniel).

Duckbutt said...

"It is better to imagine than to see," would be my take. And there's a slight blush of shyness on her cheeks.

Sim said...

Both translations are good.
Sentence often used in french to say that erotism is better than nudity...