Charles Burns is an artist who specialises in silhouettes. Ahead of our Valentine's Day Seduction Late, he shares the history of this fascinating art form.
In the late eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries silhouettes, then known as “shades”, were at the peak of their popularity. The earliest professional silhouettists were portrait miniaturists, for whom the shade was a simple outline profile filled in with black paint. They were considered the poor man's portrait.
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