Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Style Imitating Art the First

If you don't know by now, I studied Art History so I could have a career in almost any other field. Seriously (not) - art history is a good way to enjoy studying and then go into an administrative job in an engineering firm.

So this week I'm participating in Style Imitating Art at Animated Cardigan. I haven't followed this "challenge" for very long, but I think it's bi-weekly, and is hosted by one of two or three bloggers. This week it's on Jess's blog. Here's the painting that is our inspiration this week, Yellow Roses in a Vase by Gustave Caillebotte (kiy-bot).

 Here's my picture.

But let's get back to Gustave. You've probably seen this picture on coffee mugs, Paris Street, Rainy Day.


But Gustave is way more than just a coffee-cup kind of artist. Look at this one, The Floor Planers.

And this one, L'Yerres, Pluie (L'Yerres,Raining).

And this self-portrait.


And if that self-portrait doesn't pique your curiosity, well, go back to watching CSI and forget I said anything.

But if you are interested, do take a look at Wikipedia to see more, and check out Animated Cardigan to see other interpretations of Yellow Roses in a Vase!



Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

Now this is interesting. After I looked at your photo, I returned up to the painting, and I saw your scarf in the roses, so I'd say you nailed it.

Your short essay on Gustave has me hankering for an afternoon at the gallery.

Maybe be, maybe not, but some engineers can be a little arty themselves. Perhaps your background education helps you to sort them out.

Thanks for your comment on my recent post. Have you ever picked up a 'Where Women Create' magazine? Lots of great inspiration for creative spaces.

Connie said...

Val. I just love this interpretation. As soon as I'm up and running I'd love to jump in for a try. Meanwhile, my daughter is graduating in June with a major in Media Studies and a minor in Art History which means she probably be joining the unemployed and living back at home. Well at least I'll have someone to accompany me to the museums.....All the same, I'm a big supporter of the liberal arts!

PinkCheetahVintage said...

I think you definitely caught the essence of the picture with your outfit. Cool idea.
Becky :)

Vix said...

You've captured the vibe of the picture beautifully. That scarf is stunning.
I love The Floor Planers, what a fantastic painting! x

sabine said...

You interpreted it marvellously. Your scarf is as soft and beautiful as the bouquet of roses are.
I love the French impressionist since I did a presentation in school about them, 40 years ago now. But I never heart of G. Gaillebotte, I like his pictures. Thank you for sharing.

Megan Mae said...

I saw the first painting on Pao's blog, but wow, thank you for including the others. The floor planers! I wouldn't mine having (a copy) of that hanging in my room. ;) The rain one is especially beautiful too. It's been several months since my last art gallery crawl and this was a nice pick me up.

pastcaring said...

What a beautiful interpretation of a lovely painting. Soft and delicate and serene, and a little sad somehow... It must be the fallen petals that make me think that, as you don't look sad. Perhaps a thoughtful melancholy is a better description.
Anyway, I am fascinated to see how people translate art into outfits, I don't think I would have the imagination to do it.
Beautiful art, the rainy river and the self portrait are wonderful.
I have an English Literature degree, that doesn't qualify you for much either! xxxxx

Sheila said...

Ooh, I love his paintings. The one of the men finishing the floor is my favourite.

Kezzie said...

Yay, you joined in (I failed and didn't!) what a gorgeous shot and how wonderful his paintings are (I think I saw the actual floor painters one in a gallery/museum somewhere- is it in the musee D'Orsay?x

The Style Crone said...

Your interpretation is as romantic as the painting. I look forward to following your continued contributions, as you definitely think outside the box.

Ann Wood said...

What a beautiful interpretation! Your photo both romantic and serene. The scarf is lovely.

Sacramento Amate said...

You are so wonderful with that scarf. better than any painting.You are ART.

Kelly Roy said...

Thanks for sharing the information.I love the idea of you posing next to a floral tablecloth.you look like you are in a painting yourself.

Ofelia said...

Thanks for introducing me to Gustave variety of work. Sometimes an artist is always associate with just one famous painting and the rest of their work is hardly mention.
You did use the paint as an inspiration but did a great job personalizing it.

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

style imitating art- can you say awesome???

Wendy said...

Hi Val,

Your scarf is beautiful and your interpretation is awesome.

What caught my eye in his painting The Floor planners is the balcony in the background. So beautiful and I dream of being able to get my hands on a true Parisian balustrade for my future staircase. I love the metal works and Paris.

Happy Easter to you and yours.

joyatri said...

Wow, your interpretation really captures the beauty tinged with memento mori of Caillebotte's painting. As someone who has a graduate degree in art history and did go on to a museum career, it is shameful that I can't get my act together to participate in Style Imitating Art. Someday...
I think studying art history teaches you how to "see" in a way that is useful in all kinds of activities.

Der ganz normale Wahnsinn und Ladylike - schön ab 40 said...

Your picture fits perfectly in the row of this artist. Maybe you can use a photo editing program to make it a little more nostalgic. Then you look like an original painting. I like your scarf, it gives you a very soft look.

Aminta Paiz said...

How interesting!! I love your picture the colors are perfect.

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