Friday, February 22, 2019

I chose Maurice Prendergast’s Bathers 4, a watercolor he completed in 1919 at the age of 61, for the fourth week of my Bathers-inspired fashion posts. Painting mostly beach and park scenes, he was labeled a Post-Impressionist and Primitive/Naive Painter, but Prendergast was a true independent; his highly personal use of flat jewel-like colors painted in pattern/mosaic-like forms fits into no one particular category of American Art.

One of the first American painters to support the work of Paul Cézanne, Prendergast was influenced by his form and color, but did not study in Paris until his early 30s. By the end of his life, his work was shown in the company of Cézanne, Matisse, Seurat, and Van Gogh, but the Metropolitan Museum of Art passed on a retrospective after his death because his work was still seen as too radical. The Whitney Museum held his first New York memorial exhibition 10 years later.

With just a few weeks of summer left, it seems time to look to at a few fall pieces. Clicking through Prada’s Fall runway images, this stunning dress stopped me in my tracks. The particular teal with contrast red stripes, the slouchy romantic drape, the pairing with a big bag–even though more fall than summer, echoes the relaxed feel and colors of Bathers 4. P.S. my new Scandalous Lover red bag line has arrived and I couldn’t resist adding one into this little round up.

Does this painting speak to you? What do you think about this outfit?


  • Prada dress
  • Mary Jo Matsumoto Scandalous Lover Shopper and 4FREE Nail Color
  • Saint Laurent pumps


Rebecca November 4, 2018 at 21:52

That painting is truly beautiful! I love watercolor paintings and the jewel colors he used were gorgeous! Speaking of gorgeous that Prada dress is incredible! The colors are so rich!

About Last Weekend November 5, 2018 at 09:45

Really love that camel stileto with the fall grey and maroon!

Beauty Follower November 5, 2018 at 17:15

Very nice match, dear!


Couture Carrie November 5, 2018 at 22:30

Gorgeous inspiration and look!
Love that nail polish shade!


Kim Alston November 5, 2018 at 23:51

your new Scandalous line is so awesome! Every one of your collections is superb. You always do such a great job. I’m going to feature the yellow polish also. I have a post topic that will work great with it. I love that painting! It’s so beautiful. I’m wishing you a wonderful weekend doll.

dimitri November 5, 2018 at 23:59

It’s a beautiful painting. Love these colors and details.
These pieces are so pretty. Nice choices.

Laura November 6, 2018 at 07:24

What a beautiful painting, a classic beach scene put into wonderful watercolors – I love it! The red purse and the dress perfectly match the painting’s mood! xoxo

Rowena @ rolala loves November 6, 2018 at 09:14

His painting style and use of color has a lovely fluid feel. That Prada dress is stunning indeed! Hard to believe that Fall is just around the corner.

Marisa Silva November 6, 2018 at 13:09

Great post 🙂

Stacey November 6, 2018 at 13:29

The painting certainly has a tropical flair and reminds me of my home country, Jamaica. Really vivid and lovely piece of art! Gorgeous dress too. Love the contrasting colours.

Ask Erena November 7, 2018 at 04:48

Amazing painting as usual! I am always inspired by your posts. This one has so many stories, you can look at it for a long time and keep discovering something new there. Love it!
hugs from New York,

Classiq November 8, 2018 at 03:42

Can I just say that the way you styled that Prada dress tops the runway look? Love the classy approach, I wish I could more of it on the streets (especially when I think at the street style circus that will come along with the fashion weeks).

Chicago Chic November 8, 2018 at 04:05

Oh wow, that dress is gorgeous and your color to match! Perfection!

FASHION TALES November 8, 2018 at 17:21

I really love the painting and the interpretation. The colour palette alone is one of my favourites. I love the deep red/burgundy with teal tones.

Lisa Hjalt November 8, 2018 at 19:19

I have to admit a complete ignorance about this artist. I even had to look him up to see his paintings and then I remembered having seen maybe two. But I remember that Prada dress 😉

Every time I look at your red shopper it makes me swoon. Such a beautiful bag!

trishie November 9, 2018 at 19:30

Loving the colours in that painting and that dress!

Margaret Cruzemark November 9, 2018 at 23:45

Really great setting. I love the Prada designs for this fall and i think red is such a warm color for cold winter!
Miss Margaret Cruzemark

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic November 10, 2018 at 20:00

Hi !!!!
Hope the start to your week has been great!!!!
I ADORE that Prada dress too!!!! The combo of the real & red stripes is so captivating!!!! I love it!!!!!

Diana Mieczan November 10, 2018 at 23:53

Those colours make me swoon and I am totally smitten with those heels. Oh boy, beautiful! Happy morning, lovely.

Paola Lauretano November 11, 2018 at 04:38

Amazing painting…. lovely colors!!!!
I love the look, great inspiration darling!!!!

Pamela RG November 11, 2018 at 21:33

I never knew about the artist. His painting is superb with lots of colour. Beach scene is always a fascinating painting theme. I adore the Prada outfit. Very chic items!

Alexis Grace November 11, 2018 at 22:17

I love the teal and red combination…. this dress is gorgeous and it is great to learn more about Pendergast.

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