The “Safety Bicycle” as Art

by cyclicalmotions


I’m sitting in Milwaukee. I’m at the Museum of Art. Viewing the touring exhibit on Toulouse Latreque and his contemporaries.
There is a whole era of poster art almost completely devoted to the bicycle.
What other invention of man is a liberating as the bicycle?
What is as successful at creating joy?
What other creation put man beyond the limitations of his grasp and stirred his soul more?

I’m completely transfixed by the image of the Goddess in the advertisement for Déesse Bicycles or in England Rudge.
It’s the goddess handing the bicycle…. Freedom… To the masses.

This is the idea. I’m completely captivated.