Fur and the arts
Venus in furs
The most famous book linked to fur fetishism is Venus in furs, by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. It describes the slave-like relation of a Sevarin and his `mistress' Wanda. They sign a contract and one of the stipulations regarding Wanda is that she has to wear a lot of furs. From this book originated the term `masochism'. Sado-masochism is a mix of sadism and masochism; to understand what sacher-masochism is, you have to be Viennese. By the way, not every fur lover or fetishist is masochistic - this is a misunderstanding also created by this very same book.
and ermine. If that is your favourite, go for royal
portraits from the seventeenth century until now -
royalty still doesn't hold with abstract portraits. A
record fur must have been the wedding cape of empress
Marie Louise, Napoleon's wife. I do not
have the exact data here, but it was tens of meters long.
Thomas Lawrence The beautiful picture by Thomas
Lawrence to the right (the tumbnail only shows a part of
it) was sent to me by a Dutch fur friend. I can not
better his own description: `This painting by Sir Thomas
Lawrence (1769-1830) of the lady Elizabeth Farren is very
dear to me. As an Art Historian and fur lover I have
always been interested in the painting of texture and the
way this effects the appreciation of the beholder.
Lawrence was much admired in his days for his abilities
to depict femininity, furs, satins and drapery in general.
Facts: Oil on canvas 238,8 x 146,1 cm, 1790; Elizabeth
Farren was a famous and beloved actress(1759-1829).'
Sculpture? Anybody thought about sculpture? Well, you could have look at the work of Claes Oldenburg, who makes objects of fake fur: at the Claes Oldenburg, an anthology site, go for the Soft Sculpture page. Even more famous is Meret Oppenheim's Dejeuner with fourrure (Breakfast in fur) from 1936. Be warned, I might not be what you had expected of it...