An Inspiration in White

23 Mar

When I included John Singer Sargent in my last post, I was inspired to look at more of his paintings.  Now I am no art history major, and this blog is not supposed to be a place to highlight that.  However, I did notice a fashion theme: WHITE, and lots of it!  Filmy, drapey, translucent white.

Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, 1892

Girl Fishing at San Vigilio, 1913

Portrait of Edouard and Marie-Louise Pailleron, 1881

Rosina, 1878

The Wyndham Sisters, 1899

Portrait of Lady Speyer, 1907

Mrs Cecil Wade, 1886

Lady Astor, 1909

I’m feeling inspired to buy some white filmy dresses now!  If only it would not snow tonight…

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2 Responses to “An Inspiration in White”

  1. Renee March 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    check out his Moroccan priestess! it’s been one of my favs for years. it’s white on white on white!

    • JoBiv March 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

      First of all, do as Renee says! It’s amazing! Second, Sargent was very gentlemanly in his portrait paintings. He painted high class ladies in white to connote their purity (and lots of his family portraits were of young unmarried women who would wear white symbolically anyway…) But he’d get in his little snide remarks in the poses or the gestures of his patrons. For instance, what do you think his opinion of Mrs. Cecil Wade might have been?
      Ok, I’ll stop.

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