The Winged Spirit: Butterflies in Art

The beauty and ephemeral nature of butterflies have long been a subject of art. French decorative artist E. A. Séguy created intricate Butterfly Prints for his folio Papillons (1924). The porchoir prints have rich, intense color and reflect the influence of both Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. Władysław Teodor Benda (1873-1948) was a Polish-American painter, illustrator and designer. He created the "Benda Girl", an exotic beauty who graced many magazines including Life's cover Butterfly. Benda went on to be a designer of theatre masks. Another artist who depicted people with wings was Greek painter Yannis Tsarouchis (1910-1989). Influenced by the French Impressionists and the Greek aesthetic his work was often homoerotic as depicted by his Winged spirit buttoning his underpants.

This post is dedicated to the memory of Butterfly Allen.