IVCORS

Charlotte Wolter as Messalina (detail) by Hans Makart (1840-1884)
oil on canvas, c.1875

Charlotte Wolter as Messalina (detail) by Hans Makart (1840-1884)

oil on canvas, c.1875


Moonlit Beauties (detail) by Luis Ricardo Falero (1851-1896)
oil on canvas, date unknown 

Moonlit Beauties (detail) by Luis Ricardo Falero (1851-1896)

oil on canvas, date unknown 


Caught in the Web (detail) by Luis Ricardo Falero (1851-1896)
oil on paper, laid on panel, date unknown

Caught in the Web (detail) by Luis Ricardo Falero (1851-1896)

oil on paper, laid on panel, date unknown


Twin Stars (detail) by Luis Ricardo Falero (1851-1896)
brush and watercolour on off-white paper, 1881

Twin Stars (detail) by Luis Ricardo Falero (1851-1896)

brush and watercolour on off-white paper, 1881

Una and the Lion (and details) by Briton Riviere (1840-1920)

oil on canvas, 1880

Such images permitted the late 19th century male to have his voyeuristic peek into the world of women and yet leave him with what one might term a soothing sense of “restful detumescence”. These images formed the constituent elemts of the late 19th century artistic phenomenon of the "collapsing woman"

It is not difficult to trace the fad of the collapsing woman to its origin in the Victorian male’s demand that his wife be both a magnificent ornament to his worldly success and the safekeeper of his household’s collective spiritual virtues. […] The high Victorian bourgeois wife, myth would have it, was the true personification of the dolce far niente, the sweet indolence appropriate to the existence of a creature who, if it were not for her decorative and reproductive tasks, would have no function at all in this world. 

From Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-De-Siecle Culture by Bram Dijkstra


Head of a Young Girl (detail) by William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)
oil on canvas, 1898

Head of a Young Girl (detail) by William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)

oil on canvas, 1898


The Uplifting of Psyche (detail) by Henry John Stock (1853-1930)
oil on canvas, date unknown

The Uplifting of Psyche (detail) by Henry John Stock (1853-1930)

oil on canvas, date unknown

The Garden of Adonis - Amoretta and Time (and details) by John Dickson Batten (1860-1932)

oil on canvas, 1887

Elaine, Lily Maid of Astolat (and detail) by Sophie Anderson (1823-1903)

oil on canvas, 1870