Friday, February 22, 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?


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


dimitri November 15, 2018 at 02:15

This is a beautiful and i love these pieces. These black and white pieces are so pretty. I love the b&w style so much.
Have a wonderful weekend

trishie November 15, 2018 at 04:02

Love that painting and all your monochrome selections. Totally lusting after the Valentino flipflops now.

Ask Erena November 15, 2018 at 05:20

Absolutely spectacular painting!
hugs from New York,

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou November 15, 2018 at 05:41

I always love black and white whether it’s on trend or not … it’s so classic! Great painting! I always love your tie-in between fashion and art 😉 I know you’re enjoying the summer at Laguna Beach … always love the instagram photos you share, so dreamy! xo ~S

fhenny November 15, 2018 at 10:39

love the swimsuit!


Amanda Chic November 15, 2018 at 15:17

Thanks for your comment

Couture Carrie November 15, 2018 at 19:14

Amazing post!
Loooooove that white bikini!


Amanda Chic November 15, 2018 at 23:59

Love it!!

Alexis Grace November 16, 2018 at 00:34

Your Salt Creek collection is really so sophisticated. Black and white is such a classic combo and it is fun to see more of it as it is on trend right now….

Laura November 16, 2018 at 04:26

Aw, I always love your art inspired posts! The painting is fabulous and I love the collection of classic items you paired with it. My best friend owns those cute flip flops with the bow 😉 xoxo

Pamela RG November 17, 2018 at 04:32

Love the painting. Looks so modern even for this present time. It depicts an American summer moment on the beach. I adore the black and white theme for summer. So chic!

Rowena @ rolala loves November 17, 2018 at 09:37

That is an awesome painting and your black + white picks are totally chic and glamorous! I can’t enough of my black & white striped tanks and tees this summer and every summer for that matter 🙂

Your guilty pleasure sounds utterly delicious! Happy weekend

Marisa Silva November 17, 2018 at 17:28

Love it!!

Chic ‘n Cheap Living November 17, 2018 at 23:26

Thank you for your introduction to this artist! His style is very familiar and now I know why!
Have a lovely weekend dear!

Stacey November 18, 2018 at 00:52

That painting has an enigmatic air about it! Absolutely beautiful post.

FASHION TALES November 18, 2018 at 10:57

To be honest, I really don’t think that black and white ever goes out of style. I never tire of it, as it’s classic and timeless even in artistic elements. Love these selections you have in your style board. Happy weekend and thanks for your lovely comment

The Dainty Dolls House November 18, 2018 at 18:20

This is so beautiful!! Love the details you put together, they work so well. The suit is gorgeous and I love your necklace and tote. I hope you have a sweet weekend doll xx

Izzy November 19, 2018 at 06:50

this is a really good post idea. I’d love to learn more about art, this is really interesting!

and those black and white pieces are perfect- how adorable are those starfish earrings? 🙂

Rebecca November 19, 2018 at 08:18

Beautiful inspiring painting! I love the summer post! Black and white is so classic for the beach! Love the one piece black swimsuit!

[email protected] eco friendly homemaking November 19, 2018 at 09:38

Great painting and your starfish earrings are just gorgeous!!

Paola Lauretano November 20, 2018 at 03:16

Great self-portrait!!!!
Lovely B&W set!!!
Happy friday hun!

Mira November 20, 2018 at 07:19

The painting is beautiful. I have never heard from Benton before. Love the black and white trend. These Valentino flipflops are too cute.

Kim Alston November 21, 2018 at 09:33

you always impress me with your knowledge of ART. That is one area I’m so weak in. I just know Monet, Picasso etc. I love reading these. I also ADORE B&W!!! I want everything on the board you created. It looks so good!

Style Servings November 22, 2018 at 12:45

I love anything 20’s inspired, so I fell in love with all your picks! Great post!

Claire November 22, 2018 at 14:38

that white bag is amazing! I seriously need one of those. I did buy a cute black one piece bathing suit 🙂

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