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The Corset by KristinaGehrmann The Corset by KristinaGehrmann
Kristina Gehrmann

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Subtitle: Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, getting dressed (1787/1788)

Queen: "Ouch! Don't pull the strings like that!"
Lady I: "Forgive me, Your Majesty, but it was you who introduced the fashion of having a waist like that."
Lady II: "What kind of necklace do you want to wear today, Your Majesty?"
Queen: "Shut up - can't you see I'm suffering?"
Lady II: "This one is a real mother-of-pearl..."
Lady I: "Her Majesty told you to shut up. And I have do focus on those damn corset strings."
Lady II: "Let me help pulling, please-"
Queen: "Ouch! Ow! Stop that!"


First real painting after 12 months of being nearly idle. ^_^ I really missed digital painting while in Texas, and only now I've found some time to do soemthing like this. This one took me about 30 hours, spread over 15 days.

I'd like to thank the community of Epilogue.net for giving me constructive critique during the progress. :heart:
Reference used: Photos of myself in the poses of the ladies above.
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SLawsonDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is an absolutely beautiful painting!
However, the historical fashion junkie in me urges me to point out that the corset isn't accurate to Marie Antoinette's time period. The "sweetheart" style top of the corset [the individual breast cups] appeared in the mid 1850s. 18th century corsets were called stays, and were very angular, as opposed to more organic, hugging the natural shape of the body. Ergo her [and her maids'] bodies would be more compressed at the tummy and almost completely straight and linear. Also, even though the women who are assisting Marie are only attendants, they would still be likely to wear pockethoops or panniers. :)
Again, stunning work! I'm just rambling at this point 
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TheSaneInInsanity Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hallooo ^^ I can see that you have corset art ^^ Maybe you would be interested to join my corset contest with prizes? [link]
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Falldew Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Let them eat cake :D
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Fitz-Chivalry Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Corsets don't hurt.
Fun fact.
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ChocoCoatedLemons Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
They can if you don't have them done correctly. In the past, corsets could have easily been a great deal more uncomfortable than now - especially for the Queen! I mean, it's not like she could relax them every once in a while.
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Kiki-Koala Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
That's true that they can hurt if done incorrectly but I would think that the Queen should have a professional corsetiere to lace them up correctly for her or a competent maid. It is possible for a woman to lace herself up in a back lacing corset as the one shown here but I doubt the Queen would dress herself. Also, the maid is lacing incorrectly by pulling backwards when she should be pulling the laces sideways. Puling backwards actually hinders rather than helps.

In reality, many of the real corsets created today by professional corsetieres have not changed much when compared to traditional corsets. It also depends on the style of corset and whether it is for waist reduction or merely for fashion.

That being said, I would not have guessed this is Marie Antoinette. What she is wearing looks like a simple Victorian over bust with a sweetheart neckline. Marie Antoinette actually wore what was called "grand corps" corset which actually is much more rigid and restrictive with shoulder straps and a conical shape. She nearly caused an international in refusing to wear it but was forced into wearing one eventually.

OTHER THAN my little rant about corsets, it's a really gorgeous piece of art. I just have issues with the accuracy.
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ChocoCoatedLemons Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
That was ridiculously interesting. I'm not even being sarcastic, it really was.

I agree, the Queen would have had the best corsetieres in France catering for her. Still, she must have been incredibly uncomfortable. She was an interesting woman, definately.
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Aerodil Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, looks similar to the scene in my book... Heh heh, sorry just typing out loud... Anyway, as usual your work is BEAAAAUUUTIFUL! I think I am a new fan! ... I feel bad for the queen!
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feline927 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
VERY beautiful!!!!!! great job ^^ I love this drawing!!! *hugs*
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Ihmislehma Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
This is very well done, and I love it!

But just a small note: I think they still used the different, older style of corset (or stays, as they were called then) when Marie Antoinette was the Queen.

But, I still love this ;D
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
K:
So incredibly beautiful!!!
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knight1128 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
WO!!!!
<3 I like it alot. Did you make this picture?
THis is so beauiful, amazing, and GREAT!!
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Searleit Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
I simply adore this one - it's a fav.
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snowyblackrose Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011   General Artist
love it!
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Egil21 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Featured :heart: [link]


:iconthefavouriteshowcase: Thank you for being a member!
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pishyposhy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
great drawing/painting, but i have to say :L ... that corset isn marie antoinette style, plus the waist reduction (of that size) wouldnt make it hurt....
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Good job on this drawing! I love the candid quality of the poses, and the story you provide in the description made me crack a smile :)
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Bluefairy-16 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Student Digital Artist
awesome !!
i love it :clap: :love:

P.S:
is this kind of novel or something!
if u have a link to the story .. i would love to read it
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LittleMissGloomy Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it, it looks so smooth and beautiful. The lighting is really pretty and it's just amazing.
Really wish I could paint like that.
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AmyVarens Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
it jsut... WAAAOU!!!! = D
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Moonlit-Sonnet Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
SHE'S THE ONE TO BLAME FOR THIN BEING IN!

That bitch
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scorpsting Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
..eww..actually, one can have a kinda nice waist without a corset, you know the drill, eating healthy, exercising, etc.
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A-Rose-In-Misery Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing!~ :)
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spiritdetectivegirl Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm in love with your style; so elegant.
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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BetweenAsleepAndWake Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The corset: or how to get tortured by two sadistic maiden... ;)

I love your work. This scene is fun and yet has a renaissance feel to it.:heart:
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EVAVESTER Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
Beautiful work!:heart:
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Hurricane-Jeanne Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a masterwork! :wow: I love everything about the piece and I love the background and story behind it. I adore how Marie-Antoinette's face is sort of mid-gasp for air and preparing herself for the next pull of the corset stay. Great work! :clap:
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Dina-Marchiori Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lovely work! i love the composition of the figueres :love: really amazing!
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iris1999 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:clap: this looks wonderful!:D
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medieval-vampire121 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
actually corsets dont hurt lol. but a lovely picture
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Palomaemia90 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
I bet they do hurt if you wore the anatomically in-correct ones that were in fashion back in those days..... Corsets have changed alot over the years. Especially in shape...(not to mention the tension of the strings.)
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medieval-vampire121 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
yes...that is true but to reduce the waist and ribs if using one fashioned for it you do it gradually....so there is no pain.


but i do admit after being tightlaced for over a few hours i do start to ache..
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Palomaemia90 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
hah.. yeah i bet... the most i would do is the fake-ish ones that they make for lingerie and stuff...
very smexxy. :drool:
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medieval-vampire121 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
i desssspise the fake ones. the lingerie is nice thou...but i feel that and the fakes.....after wearing a real one, they just feel like....poser corsets. not right. doesnt feel right if it not the real thing.
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Palomaemia90 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010
yeah i suppose it would if you can handle the real ones...

Myself, I don't think i could do it.... i'll stick to the poseur ones.... lol
Besides, I don't think my fiancee would be very pleased if he had to work that hard to get to bare flesh. lol
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medieval-vampire121 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
lol.
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JynxedDraca Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I rather like this picture but after looking at it a while I noticed something. It looks a little awkward. The poses don't really seem to fit very well and their expressions are kinda...blankish.

The clothes are also from the wrong era. It's all very pretty though.
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Bearberrygirl Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
Nice job! so pretty! =D
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grecianxpiratex07 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! I like it a lot. :)

....Texas, you say? Where at, do you remember?
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :) I spent an exchange year in a tiny Texan village called Celeste, 1 hour from Dallas/Fort Worth.
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grecianxpiratex07 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
really? cuz I live about 30-45 minutes north of Dallas. :)
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TheFastFiduciary Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Student Photographer
Attractive
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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TheFastFiduciary Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Student Photographer
No problem
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Ireness-Art Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
Auch! O_o
Beautiful work! :)
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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ShatteredAngel9 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
Wonderful, and very true. They aren't the easiest to tie and lace.
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lotusthefallen Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Photographer
I loved the conversation you added in on this. Gave me a huge giggle.

And the artwork is great hun. The expressions really make the moment.
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :rose:
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