Spring Flowers

„It is not enough for a painter to be a clever craftsman, he must love to ‘caress’ his canvas, too…”

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919): Spring Flowers, 1864

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Spring Flowers

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Sasanian Metalwork

Head of a king, 4th century (Sasanian period, Iran, Gilded silver). Dating from the fourth century, this royal head, hammered from a single sheet of silver, with chased and repoussé details, has parallels in imperial portraits made in the Roman West. The king wears simple ovoid earrings and a beaded necklace of Sasanian fashion…

Sasanian Metalwork

Henri Matisse drawing the model Zita – Life and Art

Henri Matisse drawing the model Zita as odalisque in his third-floor apartment and studio in Nice, c.1928. – Matisse arranged an “Oriental” alcove, creating an atmosphere of reverie and exoticism reminiscent of the Moorish interiors he had seen in Morocco. The model’s sculpturesque body, languorously stretching on the couch, exudes sensuality and carnality, enhanced by the warm rosy red color scheme. The mood of “luxe, calme et volupté” is clearly palpable…

Henri Matisse drawing the model Zita

How to Wear a Tutu? – Art and Fashion

The Classical Tutu (pancake): A very short, stiff skirt made with layers of netting that extends straight outwards (from the hips) in a flat pancake shape… The classical stiff tutu looks great with a tank top or a bustier; then top it with a cropped little button up blazer… A pair of ankle booties would look awesome in this fashion look… I would go with a sweet little pendant necklace and some bangles too… Then add a chic little tote or maybe a clutch…

The Tutu Fashion Look