Continuing on from last week’s Art Inspired Fashion post on Cezanne, this week’s bathing painting is Matisse’s Bather’s with Turtle, painted in 1908. Child-like simplified nudes with no explanation of why they’re feeding a turtle or why one girl has her fingers stuffed in her mouth, it’s similar in feel to Cezanne, but more radical and modern. Originally purchased by the Folkwang Museum in Germany, it was confiscated by the Nazis. Matisse’s son, Pierre, urged Joseph Pulitzer Jr. to purchase it at an auction of Nazi plunder in 1939 for fear it might otherwise be destroyed. It now resides at the St. Louis Art Museum.
As we head into the last month of summer, there seems to be a collective desire for simplified outfits and the need for a couple of new pieces to perk up the wardrobe. This beautiful chiffon dress by Jonathan Saunders seems perfect for an exotic vacation; paired with thick Linda Fargo black sunglasses, our nice Thalia clutch and Rebecca Minkoff sandals, it can be dressed up or worn casually.
What do you think of Bathers with a Turtle?