Alison Lurie on a literary history of knitting: http://nyr.kr/1dQm9Yo
“Knitting was practical and plebian; fancy work was largely decorative, and prestigiously useless.
In nineteenth-century literature, it’s often true that good women knit and bad women crochet or do fancy work.”
Illustration by Nolan Pelletier.
Harpist. Greek Virgins series (1900). Raphael Kirchner (Austrian, Art Nouveau, 1876-1917). Publisher Theodor Stroefer. Lithograph with metallic pigment on card stock. Postcard.
Kirchner produced over a thousand published paintings and drawings, mostly in the form of picture postcards. Kirchner’s often mildly erotic paintings of feminine beauty, in convenient postcard and magazine page form, were among the early pin-ups favored by European and American soldiers in WW I.