Harrington Park Press, well-known for publishing literature pertaining to the LGBTQ community, re-issued a magazine exclusively featuring lesbian artwork from Paris’ Decadent movement.
The collection was originally published by Nicole G. Albert in 2005 and the reissue features illustrations from the 1800-1900s that portray lesbianism during the Belle Époque or Beautiful Era. During Belle Époque, the arts flourished and lesbians no longer hid themselves. The movement was a huge step forward for the LGBTQ community moving forward and for the unapologetic portrayals of their lives through art.
Harrington Park Press describes the magazine, Lesbian Decadence: Representations in Art and Literature of Fin-de-Siècle France as, “a new analysis and synthesis of the depiction of lesbianism as a social phenomenon and a symptom of social malaise as well as a fantasy in that most vibrant place and period in history.”
The magazine contains 380 pages of illustrations and articles.
Translators Nancy Erber and William Peniston included a reference to the Decadent movement in Paris.
The movement represented the notion of excess through artwork and the Belle Époque played a large role in the movement.
In the prologue important issues regarding sapphism, the Decadent movement, and how women’s studies were gaining legitimacy at the time.