Deluxe embossed, hardcover portfolio cover offered to subscribers to house
their collection of the monthly magazine.
Although there is a certain amount of pretense in the text which accompanied the first issue and in advertising printed on the inside of the wrappers, promoting Le Nu Esthetique for the "use of artists" (i.e. academic figure studies), it is clear from the imagery that that was not the reality. This publication and others like at the turn-of-the-century, were quite simply pandering to a potential new audience spurred on by the rescinding of censorship laws as well as recent advancements in photo-mencanical printing techniques. That being said, there was an inventive application of allegory in many of the photographs which incorporated papier mache figures for the models to pose with and on to achieve the desired final product.
Click here for an excellent text about Bayard and Le Nu Esthetique.