Brigitte Bardot, ‘Sleeping Beauty’


By Douglas Kirkland
Spain. 1967
Signed archival pigment print
Paper size 20h x 16w inches
Open Edition

The blonde bombshell, ‘B.B.’ Brigitte Bardot, a phenomenon of French New Wave cinema, considered by some as the sex symbol of the 20th century, is captured by Kirkland in Spain in 1967. Douglas Kirkland’s portraits of Bardot capture her natural eroticism, pictures of an unrestricted youth full of desire, evoking a sexuality not forced but felt. Bardot’s unapologetic sexuality created a force that inspired the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

With gazes that seems to look through the viewer and into the beyond, Kirkland’s photos of Bardot symbolise the profound effect the actress would have on Hollywood censorship. Bardot’s rebellious attitude towards traditional depictions of femininity helped break down barriers for the public and society at large. French feminist writer and theorist Simone de Beauvoir declared her the first and most liberated woman of post-war France.

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