Thursday, January 24, 2019

The story of Séraphine Louis is one of the greats and because this season filled with dark florals, it felt meant to be. {Keep reading there’s a really good give-away today!}

For almost 20 years Séraphine worked as a maid in a French convent and believed that her Guardian Angel wanted her to draw and paint. These voices and visions would accompany her for the rest of her life. She began taking housekeeping work in the nearby village and at night she would paint vividly embellished mystical floral arrangements by candlelight. At 48, her work was discovered while working as a maid for the German art dealer Wilhelm Uhde, who was one of the first collectors of the Cubist paintings of Pablo Picasso and George Braque and a significant force in the career of Henri Rousseau. He immediately recognized her talent as a primitive painter, but the war between France and Germany forced him to leave. After the war, Uhde came across her work at a local exhibition and commissioned large canvasses from Séraphine, helping her achieve prominence as the naive painter of her day. Unable to handle her new financial success and losing the patronage of Uhde because of the Great Depression, she was admitted to a lunatic asylum for extreme pychosis. Although her life ended tragically, Wilhelm Uhde continued to exhibit her work in major venues and one of her paintings now belongs to MOMA.

I’m very excited to announce that in celebration of our 100th Art Inspired Fashion post, we’ve teamed up with, the world’s leading online destination dedicated to experiencing and buying art. is generously offering a lucky TrustYourStyle reader $150 to use toward art on their site. Almost every artist that I’ve written about has work available on — their selection is mind-blowing! Not only can you purchase all the modern art classics, but there are plenty of contemporary choices like the Conde Nast Collection for all you fashion lovers, The Nigel Barker Collection of photography and Rex Ray’s retro futuristic pieces just to name a few choices.

To enter, leave a comment below and Like our Facebook Page (if you already have just say so in your comment). The winner will be announced next Friday and will be chosen by the random number generator.

Details: Eugenia Kim Floral Headbands; Christopher Kane floral scarf; Lanvin floral crystal necklace; Preen floral jumpsuit; Mary Jo Matsumoto Laguna Winter Surf Trio; Lanvin floral crystal ring; Givenchy floral dress;  Christopher Kane floral cashmere sweater and skirt; Zimmerman swimsuit.


Pamela RG February 12, 2018 at 21:44

That’s a unique floral painting. It looks very Fall. Too bad Seraphine’s life ended tragically. I like the more subtle floral prints for Fall. Have a wonderful weekend.

Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket February 13, 2018 at 04:40

love the bohemian vibe.

Zara February 14, 2018 at 00:27

P.S. … hope you could get a pair of over-sized Guava beauties! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

MrJeffery February 14, 2018 at 05:46

great post. i loved the movie ‘seraphine.’ very overlooked.

Couture Carrie February 14, 2018 at 10:21

Amazing painting and picks!
Love your nail polish shades 🙂


Josephine Chicatanyage February 14, 2018 at 10:37

I remember seeing a French movie about “Stephanie’s ” story. It was very moving and quite sad at the end.

Natalia | Fashioned by Love February 14, 2018 at 16:38

I really, really enjoyed this post – I think something in this painting spoke to me. I loved the movement and the colours very much and then learning the story was an additional (huge) bonus. Thank you for sharing it!
And if I can enter the giveaway (if it’s international), please do count me in. I follow you via FB already, but will check if it’s you or TYS page and fill the gaps if necessary. 🙂

Enjoy your weekend!

Kim Alston February 14, 2018 at 19:58

these are so pretty! i love the embellishments.

Zara February 14, 2018 at 20:37

Oh, the painting is so interesting and very beautiful! Autumn leaves looking like pomegranates? Are there pomegranates, really? …or it’s because it’s my fav fruit that I see it everywhere! ;D.
I like the floral look you’ve made up – the skirt, the dress, the jacket, the everything including accessories! 😉

And what a tempting offer! I’d love to have anything Rex Ray!! Is there any way to cajole the number generator?! ;))

Nicky mywishstyle February 15, 2018 at 06:00

Love floreals!!!!

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic February 15, 2018 at 13:14

What a cool post !!!!!!
That Christopher Kane floral sweater is fabulous!!!! I’m loving all the embellushed sweatshirt styles!!!!!
How was your Thanksgiving? It went by WAY too fast!!!!!
Have a great evening!!!!

Alexa February 15, 2018 at 14:56

Oh beautiful. Love this week’s art and of course your pairings as always are spot on!

Julie (Little Pink Rain Boots) February 15, 2018 at 19:07

Beautiful painting. I love hearing about the lives of artists, thanks for sharing.

Dale Janee @SavvySpice February 15, 2018 at 20:00

Wow, what a great story behind her art and that it’s in MOMA and that teamed up with you for this giveaway. so generous!

Thank you for sharing,

Ann February 17, 2018 at 00:10

Loving the florals in the outfit.
So feminine and pretty.

Anne February 17, 2018 at 00:49

Lovely post…hope you are having a good weekend!

Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans February 17, 2018 at 10:46

Wow! This is so incredibly gorgeous! Florals are one of my favorite things – even for fall and winter!!

Boye By Red February 17, 2018 at 21:34

This is such an interesting post and to my shame, i have never heard of this painter. Thank you for a lovely lesson in art. Have a great weekend. London is grey, grey, grey.

Red xx

Marisa Silva February 18, 2018 at 12:47

Love flowers in the fall time 🙂

Sam February 18, 2018 at 17:26

Hi hun, stopping by to wish you well for the week ahead. Happy December!

sepatuholig-Grace Njio February 18, 2018 at 17:38

yeay to flower power! great inspirations and great picks!

The Dainty Dolls House February 19, 2018 at 01:11

The blue in this painting is my favourite…I just adore it so. Anytime I see a painting with it being used, I get all excited!! Adore the Givenchy Floral print dress, that is perfect!! I hope your Thanksgiving was bliss doll & your weekend will be too xx

Sam February 19, 2018 at 18:26

Hi dear, your kind words are much appreciated…Have a warm and splendid weekend! Its amazing how the clothes selection so beautifully correlates to the artwork, wow!

Classiq February 20, 2018 at 13:32

The dark blue in the painting is so intense and beautiful, just as the entire piece of art. The artist is new to me, so I appreciate that I had the chance to learn a little about her through your wonderful post.
And what a fantastic giveaway! Please count me in. 🙂

Josephine Chicatanyage February 20, 2018 at 17:28

Sorry misspelt the name should have been “Seraphine”

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