Friday, December 6, 2019

I couldn’t resist chosing this Benton painting with it’s black and white bathing suits for this week’s Art Inspired Fashion post. Painted in 1922 a decade before he broke into the mainstream with his controversial mural of the Ku Klux Klan, this self-portrait of painter Thomas Hart Benton with his wife Rita in Martha’s Vineyard, now hangs at The Smithonian Institution. For Benton, summers in Martha’s Vineyard allowed him to turn away from the European influence of modernist abstraction and create his own representational style.

In the 30s Benton become America’s foremost Regionalist painter, a movement that romanticized local and small town american themes–his work graced the cover of Time Magazine and he was commissioned to paint murals for the Whitney and other significant museums. Benton also taught art to many students who went on to become famous in their own right, including Jackson Pollock, who said Benton’s traditional teaching gave him something to rebel against.

Are you indulging in this summer’s top Black and White trend? 

If so, what are your go-to black and white pieces?

Details: 

  • Goddess Malliot: House of Fraser
  • Southsea Starfish earrings & Seahorse Necklace: MaryJoMatsumoto.com ~ also available at Grand Jewels at the Grand Wailea in Maui
  • Salt Creek Tote and Mini-Wallet: MaryJoMatsumoto.com
  • Valentino flipflop
  • Pucci beach towel
  • Chloe triangle string bikini

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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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