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Picking: Publicity for the cacao Blooker 1874 (print)

Picking: Publicity for the cacao Blooker 1874 (print)

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Picking: Publicity for the cacao Blooker 1874 (print)

JAB4119837 Picking: Publicity for the cacao Blooker 1874 (print) by Dumont, Louis Paul Pierre (1822-1882); ( Picking: Publicity 1874 Drawing attributed to Louis Paul Pierre Dumont, 1822-18); Photo ©Jaime Abecasis

Media ID 33097102

© ©Jaime Abecasis / Bridgeman Images

18th Century Fashion 18th Mode Abecasis Advertistment Coquetry Eighteenth Century Clothes Fruit Tree Ladder Picking Scale Seduction Step Ladder Advertizing


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This 19th-century print titled "Picking: Publicity for the cacao Blooker 1874" by Louis Paul Pierre Dumont transports us back in time to a picturesque scene of agricultural life. The image showcases a lush orchard filled with towering fruit trees, their branches heavy with ripe cacao pods. In this idyllic setting, we see a group of men and women engaged in the laborious task of picking the precious fruit. The composition is beautifully balanced, drawing our attention to a woman gracefully perched on a step ladder as she delicately plucks cacao pods from above. Her elegance and coquetry are emphasized by her fashionable attire, reflecting the style of the late 18th century. A man stands nearby, observing her with admiration, adding an element of subtle seduction to the scene. Dumont's meticulous attention to detail brings this moment to life - from the intricate folds of clothing to the meticulously rendered fruits in baskets below. The print serves not only as an advertisement for Blooker's cacao but also as a celebration of rural life and its connection to nature's bounty. Through this artwork, Dumont captures both the beauty and hard work involved in agriculture while showcasing France's rich farming traditions. It reminds us that even amidst industrialization and modernization during this era, there was still reverence for nature's gifts and an appreciation for traditional farming practices. Jaime Abecasis' expert photography skillfully captures every nuance of Dumont's original drawing, allowing us today to appreciate this historical masterpiece that continues to inspire awe and admiration centuries later.

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