Saturday, November 16, 2019

Continuing with our six weeks of bathing paintings, I had to include one of Gauguin’s signature Tahitian pieces, Bathers, also known as A Walk by the Sea or Tahitian Family. Painted in 1902, just over 100 years later it was listed by Art News as one of The 10 Most Wanted Works of Art in the world. Gauguin’s story is probably the most romanticized in the art world–a Parisian stockbroker who set sail for French Polynesia to be free of “everything that was artificial and conventional” he lived like a savage and created a simpler life for himself that he recorded in his paintings.  In reality Gauguin’s life was anything but glamorous; he was an abusive husband who left his wife of eleven years and their 5 children, and went on to seduce young women in Tahiti, where much has been made of his violent sexual life. A case has been made that Van Gogh cut his ear off for Gauguin, and deduced from Gauguin’s journals that Van Gogh’s love was most likely unrequited because Paul was only attracted to younger and more attractive men–no one knows for sure, but in the end, Gauguin became disillusioned with the colonialism of Tahiti and died of syphilis searching for a lost paradise. His personal life aside, Gauguin’s use of color and lush imagery still makes him one of my favorite painters.

What I love about Gauguin’s art, is that despite being accused of misrepresenting Tahitian culture and painting an idyllic fantasy world, the dreams, mystery and symbolism in his work transcend all criticism. His vivid use of color and lack of classical perspective changed the course of modern art, influenced both Picasso and Matisse, but never came into vogue until shortly after his death.

To me, Gauguin’s exoticized world is echoed in this Mary Katrantzou Babelonia metallic dress. Paired with our tan Leopard Bancroft calf-hair fold-over clutch {a slightly bold pattern mix choice that may not appeal to everyone but I think somehow works} and a pair of earthy deep brown McQ Alexander McQueen heels plus a bright pink Laura Mercier lipstick, it has a sophisticated wild woman feel perfect for the end of summer.

Are you a fan of Gauguin’s work and how do you feel about this outfit?

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7 Comments

Pamela RG October 16, 2019 at 01:03

I am glad your cat is alright. The lady who owned these clothes is truly so stylish and so full of colour.

Alicia Mackin October 16, 2019 at 08:33

Oh wow, this must have been fun albeit for a sad reason. But lucky you to get to have first dibs. And almost 1o years of blogging wow. And so glad your kitty is ok.

cat eyes & skinny jeans October 17, 2019 at 05:27

Gah! Her style is just impeccable – literally swooning over here!!

xx

little luxury list October 17, 2019 at 07:22

Oh my, what a week! I hope your kitty and phone are both better! How wonderful of your friend to share her mom’s wardrobe. The sneak peek looks divine! I’d love to get a chance to celebrate her life and looking timelessly stylish too!

xoxo,

Lisa Hjalt October 18, 2019 at 11:03

This is amazing … you are one lucky girl!

PS. So glad to hear that is all well. We have started the unpacking but we’re still waiting for proper internet connection.

Classiq October 18, 2019 at 16:48

I am sure you will rock all these amazing pieces. I hope your kitty is fine.

Marcela Gmd October 18, 2019 at 18:59

Nice pieces!!!
Have a good week!!!:)))

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