"Never Ready!" Or The First Act Sacrifices, Home Dresses,

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This illustration by Charles Martin, titled "Jamais prêtes!" or "Never Ready!" depicts a humorous scene centered around the theme of preparation and fashion. Three key figures are featured in a fashionable home setting, likely in the early 20th century, given the style of clothing and overall aesthetic.On the left, you see a man in a tuxedo, looking slightly impatient or amused, as he holds a hand mirror and possibly hairdressing scissors, suggesting his involvement in the getting-ready process. The focus of the image, however, is on the two women dressed in elegant indoor robes or dressing gowns. The woman in the center, garbed in a vibrant purple and adorned with stylish patterns and accessories like gloves, holds a hand mirror and engages directly with the viewer or herself in the mirror, possibly assessing her appearance. The second woman, to the right, in a pink striped gown with her hair styled in a bob cut, appears more introspective or possibly distracted, looking away and adjusting her glove or sleeve.The title "Never Ready!" hints at a playful critique of the ritual of dressing up and the time it consumes, particularly among the fashionable society. This scene could be suggesting that they might miss the first act of an event due to their lengthy preparations.


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Charles Martin was well-known for his distinctive style that beautifully blended Art Deco aesthetics with traditional French design elements. His works were recognized for their elegance and sophistication, and Martin became one of the most recognized artists of his era. He was also noted for his innovations in fashion design, significantly contributing to shaping the fashion trend of his time.