Art Inspired: Bathers With Turtle by Henri Matisse

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?

34 comments
  1. I see myself wearing this entire outfit from head to toe. It’s just perfect! Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. that dress! i absolutely love it, the ombre and colors are just gorgeous.

    i am going to go out on a limb here and wonder aloud if feeding the turtle is coaxing it out of its shell, like that of their nakedness. i have no guesses on the eating of fingers though. love matisse. one of my favorites. xx

  3. That is one incredible dress and I love how you’ve matched it with a tan leather…similar look to your lovely purse on the right hand side, suits all styles

  4. It is still warm and sunny here in London so not even thinking about Autumn yet. Long may it last.

  5. This history of this painting is sure fascinating and the Jonathan Saunders dress you chose is stunning! Love the color and shape.

  6. I always love your take on art and how you get inspired by it to create an outfit. Love the blue colours dominating in this look and it’s simplicity

    Xx

    Alexandra

  7. It’s hot here, so I’m still wearing Summer things. I’ve been trying to catch various Fall sales.

  8. Love Picasso, he went through so many different phases. I am in LA, summer doesn’t really begin until August.

  9. i love all the glamorous ensembles you dream up for these posts…but i’m surprised at how much these pieces make my heart swell…i can actually envision myself wearing every single stitch of clothing here….
    love it…love you.

  10. I think it’s fitting that you have chosen this painting. I agree, the end of summer is quite like an ending parts of a dream, I love the lighter softer pieces with the denim in your style board.

  11. As always, you created such a beautiful look, I love how well it reflects the mood of the painting!

  12. That dress is absolutely gorgeous! How perfect do those heels match your clutch ! It’s a great look. Not a big fan of turtles 🙁 HAHAHAHA Have a great weekend doll!

  13. What a cool picture! I kind of think of the plane going by as summer going by so quickly here! 🙂 Love your simple summer pieces! They look like they would transition well into fall!

  14. oh my god! what a great image! I totally love it, it’s very pretty. Classic outfit I love the way it’s balanced

  15. You are too right and this painting definitely evokes the end of summer. Oh and I’d love those nude st. Tropez sandals please!

  16. I love this painting and i love Picasso too. Your selection of pieces is so pretty. Lovely sweater and sunglasses.
    xo

  17. Amazing painting! Makes me sad for unknown reason:-) The ombre dress is gorgeous!
    Hugs from New York,
    xx
    Ask Erena

  18. Picasso is one of my favourite painters. Truly a great artist. Love this casual and chic outfit. Would love to wear them. I can’t believe summer will end soon.

  19. I simply adore this piece by Pablo Picasso and the outfit is perfect too, darling:) I am really enjoying the last few days of August and I am looking forward to autumn coziness:) Happy Monday, lovely.

  20. I love this look for late summer! The look feels classic and easy and the clutch offers just enough of a statement!

  21. This painting is perfect for the last week of August and so is the transitional outfit! I think I’m ready for a change in seasons.

    Shake Shack is the way to go and they have an excellent mushroom burger for non-meat eaters that’s super tasty!

  22. That surely is a wonderful painting. I didn’t even notice the turtle until I read the title 😀 The dress is awesome, I love how the colors fade. xoxo

  23. Today is rainy, but we are still expecting summer weather well into September. I would wear this entire look in a heartbeat! Today I’m in dark blue jeans, light blue denim shirt (I’ve found out that denim on denim works for me too, lol), ballet flats and clutch. I wear blue all the time, but this end of summer I find myself gravitating towards all shades of blue almost every day.
    Ada

  24. Very beautiful!! I love the dress and the way it moves seamlessly from one shade of blue to the next. All so perfect, I would wear this :)) Gorgeous painting too :)) I hope you have a wonderful weekend xo

  25. What a perfect outfit with which to transition to fall! It’s been a strange summer here in the Midwest; the entire month of August felt like early fall, that is until today. The 90 degree temps have returned, so I guess I get to hang on to my trusty flip-flops a little bit longer 🙂

  26. I adore this and Pablo Picasso is one of my faves. This reminds me a bit of Botero’s pieces(another fave of mine). Love the fashion board; comfy and elegant. Happy Monday!

  27. Fall is such a short season that I like to get a jump on it, but with Colors only. It’s too hot here to wear any real fall clothes, even the sweater in your montage would be too hot tonight!

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