Retro body art in the USA
Skillfully painted legs of this woman resemble stockings, in fact her legs are painted by an unknown artist. Such delicate body art was very popular among glamorous women of the early XX century in the United States. In contrast to our time, retro body art was a forced measure, because in the first half of the 20th century, women walking without stocking in the street could be fined. Later painted stockings were also due to the unavailability of silk and nylon during WWII. That is why in summer, women of that time found a creative solution to this problem.
The artist with a palette in his hand paints the legs of women with floral ornaments. New York, United States of America, 1912: