I was enormously impressed and recommend it to anyone interested in art or women's studies -- or in having a new world revealed.
I am quoting from Bram Dijkstra's book, IDOLS OF PERVERSITY / FANTASIES OF FEMININE EVIL IN FIN-DE-SIECLE CULTURE, page 252, just under the picture.
I read this book several years ago and to put it simply, it shook up my perceptions about the imagery used in art during that time.
Fantastic book; tons of images/illustrations surrounded by a truly comprehensive look at the cultural evaluations of fin-de-siecle artists and subcultures by their critics and... Read morePublished 20 days ago by skyla2186
I paid a lot for the deliver, but the book came in perfect shape and only 1 day later than expected (and the delay had to do with our customs office, I live in Argentina).Published 11 months ago by Mariela Ferrari
a beautiful book I have two copies,You people should not require me to use a certain number of words, it just doesnt make sense. I only wanted to say it is good.Published 21 months ago by Sprezzaturra
When you read about the impressionist painters such as Monet and Renoir you are always hearing that they had to start their own shows because they were being rejected by "The... Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by T. Dreiling
From the standpoint of a study of art, this book is not worth having (even if it's at a good price) in spite of the rarely-often reproduced images. The images are poor. Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by Doug Grandpre
I bought this book back in 1988 because of the art contained within. I believe the artists portrayed what they saw and felt subjectively in the environment they inhabited. Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by Paul Orsi
A lot of customer reviews here already have pointed out the art Dijkstra assembles in "Idols" is a LOT more enjoyable and fascinating than his overheated prose. Read morePublished on September 30, 2009 by San Fernando Curt
Students of polymorphous perversity should consider having this book the equivalent of a lifetime membership in an illustrated encyclopedia in artistic themes which use women as a... Read morePublished on March 13, 2006 by Leah Osad
I read this book several years ago and to put it simply, it shook up my perceptions about the imagery used in art during that time. Read morePublished on May 22, 2001 by Maria Aragon