Thursday, January 23, 2020

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?

Details:

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

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23 Comments

design elements June 2, 2019 at 05:27

your art-inspired posts are simpley my fave of all your posts.
Big hugs Maria

June June 2, 2019 at 15:52

Glad you to see that you’re back! Love the story!!
Keep in touch

xx

Pamela June 3, 2019 at 01:01

I can see that her arms are so thin. This is a fascinating painting. The white floral dress is so pretty. Your drawings that you share in IG Mary Jo are amazing.

Karena Albert June 3, 2019 at 08:13

This is such a poignant post Mary Jo! The Wyeths are an incredible family of artists And Andrew’s Christina is unforgettable. This Spring I am enjoying the wondrous weather and getting out to walk! ! Thanks for the super tips!

Xoxo

La Contessa June 3, 2019 at 14:41

Thank YOU for the story BEHIND This painting!I had not known any of that………..love how you created a blog POST around this LADY.55…….that will be my age in July!How on earth did that occur………
Hugs to You……..Looks like you are blooming in NEW YORK CITY!Keep it up!!XX

Kizzy Von Doll June 3, 2019 at 15:36

This is really wonderful..such a gorgeous painting x

cat eyes & skinny jeans June 3, 2019 at 16:52

This has always been one of my favorite paintings – it’s so serene and peaceful. I love the set you created inspired from it – especially the nifty makeup subsection!

Rowena June 3, 2019 at 19:55

I love the back stories you always provide for the art work you feature Mary Jo. They’re always so fascinating! I should really look into a silk pillowcase 🙂

Ann June 3, 2019 at 22:58

What a lovely painting and an equally lovely story behind it.
Nice post.

Kim June 4, 2019 at 02:49

Hi! Glad you’re back! Thanks for popping by today to let me know! I have seen that painting (well, reproductions) and I never knew the backstory. Amazing. You can feel her determination come off the canvas!

FASHION TALES June 4, 2019 at 14:16

This was so interesting and I’m so glad to know more about this painting. I’ve loved the colours and always wondered more about it. Welcome back, and thanks very much for your comments and visit. Hope you’re enjoying your spring so far <3

Suz June 5, 2019 at 17:55

I love the stories behind the art. Thanks. You have a beautiful blog which is a pleasure to visit.

Marcela June 5, 2019 at 22:16

Lovely painting!!! nice inspiration!!!
Have a good week!!!!!:)))

Marika Odoardi June 6, 2019 at 02:00

That’s a great painting!

Zara June 6, 2019 at 11:57

Never seen this painting before… such a touching story behind!
Thanks for the cosmetics tips too! Btw, I’ve never used an eye-liner as a pencil yet.. just wonder if it dries up quickly?
take care!
be back!

XO

Audrey Allure June 6, 2019 at 23:14

For the Figment Art Festival, one of my friends participated in an “Art Comes to Life” piece, and she posed as this painting! Funny enough, I recently visited this at the MoMa – such beautiful work.

Couture Carrie June 7, 2019 at 00:25

Amazing post!
Must try that mascara!

xoxox,
CC

Denise June 7, 2019 at 12:27

I never saw that one hanging in any of My Grandparents home’s,it is new to Me. I do like it though.Thank You for dropping by to say hello and leading Me to Your blog,where I always learn something new. Hugs to You and blessings Your way-Denise

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic June 8, 2019 at 02:59

Hi!!!!!
How have you been?
I love that painting!!!!!!
Hope you have a great day,
Shannon

Catherine Robinson June 8, 2019 at 09:24

Hello…thanks for popping over always lovely to hear from you…I adore this painting, I haven’t seen it before…I could look at it forever! xx

Diana Mieczan June 8, 2019 at 13:47

Oh boy, the back story is so fascinating, sweetie! Btw: I think I need the DV Mascara now:) Have a great morning.

Alicia Mackin June 8, 2019 at 18:26

Wow I never knew the story behind this painting. But I remember this painting as a kid and how haunting it was. Yes so many people in our society think they have problems but they don’t, they just have issues. Thanks for the info!

little luxury list June 9, 2019 at 02:03

I only remembered this painting after looking at it for a while. I never noticed details like the thin arms and the individual blades of grass before. She really is so strong and the pillow cases also exude quiet elegance too!

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