Bubbles in Art Timeline

If you are looking for massive collections of BUBBLE PHOTOS, BUBBLE ARTS AND CRAFTS ACTIVITIES, SOAP BUBBLES IN ART, BUBBLES AS A GENERAL THEME & Etc., you'll find them elsewhere.

Below is a small collection of some of my favorite examples showing how bubbles have been depicted through time.

This is one way of exploring tools, methods and expectations of the era.

1480

From the Isabella Breviary, Southern Netherlands (Bruges)

British Library Holding

Detail

1525/30

Bartholomaus Brun

Boy blowing Bubbles,

Enhanced

1541

Erhard Schön

Frau am Fenster,

Detail

1560

Children's Games

Pieter Bruegel the Elder)

Detail: Blowing Bubbles


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1590

Hendrik Goltzius

Quis Evadet?

Who Will be Spared?

1599

Jan Saenredam, after Karel van Mander

Portret van Petrus Hogerbeets

Detail.

KMJ's favorite from the era. Check out the full piece.

1600

Attributed to Jacques de Gheyn II

A vanitas allegory

1603

Attributed to

Jacques de Gheyn II

Vanitas

1634

Rembrandt van Rijn

Cupid Blowing Bubbles

Detail

1644

Bartholomeus van der Helst

Detail

c.1665

Bartholomeus van der Helst

Homo Bulla: A Boy Blowing Bubbles

Detail

Marie-Anne de Bourbon (1666-1739)

Mademoiselle de Blois

Blowing Soap Bubbles

1760s

Robert Sayer Young

A Country Life

Detail

1725–1770

Suzuki Harunobu

Detail: 梅 :: Blowing Soap Bubbles Under the Plum Blossom

Japan

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1815

Napoleon als bellenblazer

Wijnand Esser

Detail

Napoleon the new bubble blower in Paris.

1830

Les jeux des Jeunes Garçons Les Bulles de savon

Postcard Detail

1843

Image from page 134 of book,

AMERICAN MESSENGER

Detail

C. 1845

American folk art portrait

Detail

1860

Carl Spitzweg

The Alchemist

Der Alchimist

Germany

Detail

1860

Advert for Concentrated leaven or bread powders

Detail

1871

Edna Paper Doll making bubbles John McLoughlin Jr founded printer in New York

Detail

1873

From The Nursery A Monthly Mag Vol xIII no. 2

Detail

c. 1880

J Friedlein Segars Cigars Toys Providence advertisement

Detail

1880

I'll Blow it Bigger or Bust

Advertisement for Silver Soap

1881

Saint Nicholas Magazine

volume 8

1882

Frank Leslie's Illustrated

Newspaper

Amusements of Fashionable Society

Soap-Bubble Party

Detail

1888

Pears Soap Advertisement

Detail

1892

Loppe Gabriel

Paris. Grandchildren Making Bubbles Photo.

Detail

1895

Advert for Bailey's Rubber Trumpet Bubble Blower

1895

The Bubble Party. A Pretty winter evening sport that is exceedingly Entertaining Decatur Weekly Republican Jan 3 1895

c. 1898

Grand Pa's Wonder Soap Advertisement

1903 Postcard. France.

Detail

1903

Black and White Illustrated Budget. August

A soap bubble class in London

Detail

1908

Alvin Langdon Coburn

The Bubble

Using Schindler's 1900 patented "Bubbler"

Detail

1910

by T.W. Rolleston

From The Tale of Lohengrin. New York - T. Y. Crowell

New Vanitas theme

1911

Bubble Blowing Automaton

1912

The Technical World Magazine

Detail from article about soap bubble play.

Poached Egg.

1913

New Bubble Toy

Unkn. Mfgr.


Detail

1915

From a small portfolio of photographs printed in Switzerland

Detail

c. 1914

Anti Kaiser Art

Postcards with bubble themes.

August 23, 1917

The Citizen, US Newspaper

Details from article about bubble play

1920

Press photo

c. 1930

Advert

1974 Chemtoy Catalogue featuring the NEW Mr. Bubbles