giovedì 17 novembre 2016

Jean Agelou (1878-1921) Photographer

"Jean Agélou"

Jean Agelou (1878-1921) ha prodotto fotografie di nudo e osé dal 1900 fino a circa 1917. Jean Agelou pubblicato la maggior parte dei suoi nudi sotto le iniziali JA. Il suo più famoso modello era una donna conosciuta come "Fernande".

 

Jean Agélou (October 16, 1878–Gien, France, 1921[citation needed]) was a French photographer of the 1910s and 1920s, best known for his erotic and nude photographs made at the beginning of the 20th century. Agélou was born in Alexandria, Egypt,[citation needed] in October 1878.
Christian Bourdon and Jean-Pierre Bourgeron, major collectors of postcards, have endeavored to collect as complete a collection of his work as they could.

Biography

Not much is known about Agélou's private life, except that after 1908 Fernande was his lover and model. She was a prostitute whose full name is believed to be Fernande Barrey (1893–1960). She would also model for painters Amedeo Modigliani and Chaim Soutine, and would also become a painter in her own right.
The 1900s marked a golden age of erotic photography, but photographers still had to exercise discretion and he signed his works "JA". It took a long time before the true name of "JA" became known.
He began publishing his work in the magazine L'Étude académique, which was theoretically intended for artists, but that had 20,000 subscribers, and subsequently published his own postcards. The age of his models ranged from 20 to 24 years, and one was only 14 years, which was legal under the law of 16 March 1899.
Nudity in photographs was banned in France on 7 April 1908. Nudity disappeared from all journals and stock images were retouched, a veil or small providential panties were added and pubic hairs were brushed out. Nude images began to circulate clandestinely and producers had to act with discretion. Erotic pictures of Fernande were cherished by soldiers on both sides of the First World War. Erotic postcards and magazines had to be sold or shipped in sealed envelopes. Agélou's original nude prints became available again in the early 1970s, except in Japan where they were still banned.
Jean Agélou died in 1921 in a car accident with his brother George, at the age of 43 years. George had taken care of business aspects and Jean found the models and did the photography. The photographs were made in the studio and natural light, the backdrops were made by painters who painted the decors.


Lost in Thought … 1910s Jean Agélou Paris postcard.

 Fernande, Jean Agélou's model, 1910




Fernande
Jean Agélou
between 1910 and 1917
 
 
 
 Fernande 
Jean Agélou
 
 Extracted image of model Fernande from French postcard (see Other versions) 
Jean Agélou - PHOTO French SUPERB nude woman FERNANDE JA postcard n25
 
Fernande
 
 Early 20th-century French postcard labelled "JA Serie 034", with a posed pseudo-Oriental scene.
 Jean Agélou
 
 JA-Serie-34-no2 French-postcard
 
Early 20th-century French postcard labelled "JA Serie 034", with a posed pseudo-Oriental scene
 
Fernande
Jean Agélou  
 
  Jean Agélou ~ Series 036.
 
JA-Serie-39 French-postcard
 
Early 20th-century French postcard labelled "JA Serie 40" showing the well-known model "Fernande" posed against the same diamond-window background used in the JA40, JA41, and JA69 series.  
 
 
 




French postcard showing model Fernande, from JA42 series


Sitting woman (French postcard from the JA44 series)


French postcard of woman in early 20th century lingerie (black stockings and lace slip)
Jean Agélou
 

French postcard of woman in early 20th century lingerie (black stockings and lace slip); labelled with JA SERIE 52.


Fernande
Jean Agélou
 
Fernande
Jean Agélou  
 

 Jean Agélou (1878-1921), 1910, Nude (Serie 061), 14 X 9 cm.

Thinking ~ 1920s postcard by Jean Agélou/p>

French postcard showing model "Fernande", from JA67 series


Fernande

JA Serie 69
  JA Serie 69

French postcard showing model "Fernande", probably from JA69 series

French postcard labelled "JA Série 72" showing nude model Fernande posing in armchair.

French postcard labelled "JA Série 72" showing nude model Fernande posing in armchair.

Miss Fernande 


French postcard of nude woman standing next to column; labelled with JA SERIE 75. 
 JA 89

Early 20th-century French postcard labelled "JA Serie 096", with a woman posed in early twentieth century lingerie (black stockings and a loose white slip which is slipping off the shoulders), sitting at a table with books. 

Early 20th-century French postcard labelled "JA Serie 096", with a woman posed in early twentieth century lingerie (black stockings and a loose white slip which is slipping off the shoulders), sitting at a table with books. 

French postcard labelled "JA SERIE 106", with photograph of woman in early 20th century lingerie sitting in a chair with an unlit cigarette in her mouth. 


Old photo: French postcard labelled "JA SERIE 0106".
Jean Agélou
 
 Early 20th-century French postcard labelled "JA Serie 0117", with a woman posed in early twentieth century lingerie (black stockings and a loose white slip which has slipped off the shoulders), sitting and looking at some kind of art prints.
 
 
 
 French postcard labelled "JA Série 532" of female nude with opium pipe, circa 1910
 
Eve being tempted to eat the forbidden fruit. French postcard labelled JA SERIE 589.


Old photo: French postcard labelled "JA 629" with photograph of woman in pseudo-oriental outfit.

 JA-629 French postcard



Fernande
Jean Agélou
 
Fernande
Jean Agélou
 
 Fernande 
Jean Agélou
 
 
Fernande

Fernande (nude photograph by Jean Agélou)


 Fernande 


Old photo of a nude woman
 
 
 
 



 Maud d'Orby D’Orby was an opera singer, popular around the turn of the century, and did several series with Agélou.

 Île de France, AN 48, Photo Agélou


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