Gibson girl

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Gibson girl

classic, comely woman of illustrations (1890s). [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 283]
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Artists who mirrored American dreams, like Maxfield Parrish and Norman Rockwell, as well as those who dreamed up what now seem quaint sex fantasies, like George Petty, Alberto Vargas, and Tom of Finland, have become as distant as Victorian narrative painting and Gibson girls, which means we can start to look at them for both pure pleasure and more high-minded studies of art and culture.
To subsidize their shopping, Gibson Girls act as sirens, luring their diminutive fathers and awe-struck suitors to their financial doom.
Yet Wharton's construction of Undine evokes the Gibson Girl image only to exacerbate the cultural fears she embodies, and consequently to undermine the values on which the status of her image depends.