Beautiful Smoke Artworks

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The earliest depictions of smoking can be found on Classical Mayan pottery from around the 9th century. The art was primarily religious in nature and depicted deities or rulers smoking early forms of cigarettes.  Soon after smoking was introduced outside of the Americas it began appearing in painting in Europe and Asia. The painters of the Dutch Golden Age  were among the first to paint portraits of people smoking and still lifes of pipes and tobacco. For southern European painters of the 17th century, a pipe was much too modern to include in the preferred motifs inspired by mythology from Greek and Roman antiquity. At first smoking was considered lowly and was associated with peasants. Many early paintings were of scenes set in taverns or brothels. Later, as the Dutch Republic  rose to considerable power and wealth, smoking became more common amongst the affluent and portraits of elegant gentlemen tastefully raising a pipe appeared. Smoking represented pleasure, transience and the briefness of earthly life as it, quite literally, went up in smoke. Smoking was also associated with representations of both the sense of smell and that of taste But here we have some smoking art The images are below.

Beautiful Smoke artworks

Beautiful Smoke artworks

Beautiful Smoke artworks

Beautiful Smoke artworks

Beautiful Smoke artworks

Beautiful Smoke artworks

Beautiful Smoke artworks

Beautiful Smoke artworks

Beautiful Smoke artworks

Beautiful Smoke artworks

Beautiful Smoke artworks

Beautiful Smoke artworks

Beautiful Smoke artworks

Beautiful Smoke artworks

Beautiful Smoke artworks

Beautiful Smoke artworks

Beautiful Smoke artworks

Beautiful Smoke artworks

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