Sunday, August 7, 2011

Yay or Nay? Jacques Cathelineau

Week after week I've come to find out that I can't predict the outcome of our weekly selection.  So is the case of Mrs. Peale, who I assumed would have to simple a dress for everyone's taste.  I was wrong and Mrs. Peale earned a Yay.  This week, let's look at what handsome French war heroes were wearing.


Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson paints Jacques Cathelineau in his dashing outfit fit more for a pirate than soldier.  Yay or Nay?

[Musée d' Histoire et des Guerres de Vendee]

16 comments:

Lana'sTea said...

His jacket and waistcoat are fabulous, but the too-tight trousers (are they trousers?), his awkward pose (I expect his arm would have ached terribly when he sat for the painting) and the overload of items (crosses, guns, sashes, beads) are all rather off-putting. NAY

Is it wearing a hat on his back? Why does his cloak look so bunched up behind him?

heidenkind said...

It's too much, and it's so randomly put together. I hate it! Nay!

Madame Guillotine said...

I used to have SUCH a crush on Monsieur Cathelineau as a teenager until I discovered that he was actually an unattractive little peddler with a wife and six children. Oh woe. This doesn't detract from his bravery, bien sur, but um, well.

Having said that, this painting gets a definite Yay from me. I love his outfit - there's something a bit Kasabian and almost steampunky about it.

Cherylynn said...

Oh yes.

For sure this guy wasn't spending his days mincing through drawing rooms hence a wardrobe choice more appropriate for leading insurrections. It doesn't hurt that he has the look of a brooding poet as well.

I think I have to give him a big Yay--regardless of what he's wearing!

PS Madame guillotine's post just came up and I'm shattered! An unattractive peddler with a wife and six kids?! So much for that fantasy.

I lodge in Grub Street said...

A big yay from me.
I love it, all swashy and buckly and full of va va voom.

Anonymous said...

Overly theatrical and busy and I love it! It's quite dashing. Yay, especially for that cheery necktie.

~Lylassandra

Amirak101 said...

Yay because he's a Revolutionary hero!!!!!Vive le France!!!

Misha said...

Quite sexy. Much more of a pirate than a solider. Yay!

Amirak101 said...

Oh he's not a revolutionary hero, he's counter-revolutionary. oh well

Anonymous said...

Is he a dead war hero? That's a lovely cloak, but I envisage it getting all tangled up around him at the wrong moment. And what's with that plume? He has a plumed hood on his cape?
Now if there were a lot less stuff wrapped around him, I would probably feel differently, but as it is, I vote Nay.

Katie said...

I like it. Yay!

Retro Blog said...

I give a resounding over done YAY except for the trousers that seem to depict that he dresses both right and left, how is that possible hmmm?

Nightjohn88 said...

I'm going to go with yay for the top half (minus the cloak, which is a bit much, I think). I have to agree that the trousers are a bit tight. I mean, I know they were designed to show off, but it doesn't always look good.

PvtSam75 said...

What is this, "Pirates of the Caribbean?" It's definitely dashing, but it's a bit too much for me. Nay.

janiceb said...

Yay! Definitely a guy you would notice!

Min Self said...

My God, I used to have a cape exactly like that, from Hot Topic.