Odalisque in Grisaille

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Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Odalisque in Grisaille, ca. 1834-34, Oil on Canvas

This painting is an unfinished repetition, reduced in size and much simplified, of the celebrated Grande Odalisque of 1814 (Musée du Louvre, Paris), a work that was central to Ingres’s conception of ideal beauty. Ingres cited it in a list of works he executed in Paris between 1824 and 1834, a period bracketed by lengthy sojourns in Italy. Paintings in shades of gray—en grisaille—were often made to establish variations in tone as a guide to engravers of black and white reproductive prints. As this work has not been linked definitively to known reproductions of the Grande Odalisque, its intended purpose remains uncertain.

Description: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The simplicity, minimalism and cool monochromatic palette of this study, void of all embellishment and focussing on the model`s brilliantly lit-up body, fascinates me even more than the celebrated finished work.

August 27th, 2016

Woman in White

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Pablo Picasso, Woman in White, 1923, oil on canvas

Picasso’s Woman in White is a masterpiece of his Neoclassical Period, which lasted from 1918 to 1925. Here, the artist depicts a seated figure as a dreamlike vision of fragile perfection and refinement. He achieves this effect through the application of several layers of white wash and superimposed contours in soft shades of brown and gray. As in many of his other figures of the period, the idealized treatment of her facial features reflects Picasso’s study of classical art. Her informal pose, along with the loose-fitting, almost diaphanous dress, gives the figure a gentle and relaxed air. The muted color scheme adds a romantic and pensive tone.

On view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

It is such exquisite examples of his work that remind me what a superb artist Picasso really was.

August 27th, 2016

M x M – The Pleats

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Never before had I been so close to so many Mariano Fortuny dresses. It took a real effort to restrain myself from reaching out to touch them.

Hand-pleated and hand-sewn using the unique Mariano Fortuny technique, a process which the maître guarded zealously all his life and which remains a mystery to this day.

From the ”Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” exhibition, at The Met.

 

August 27th, 2016