Friday, 30 April 2010

Émilie et Arthur

When I was young, my father read a book to my sister and I every night. One of the characters we liked was Émilie, a little girl in a red dress who had a hedgehog called Arthur. I remember thinking it was really an odd choice of pet and it intrigued me very much...

For some years now, I share my living room with the most adorable creature: my dear little hedgehog Napoléon.  He is so well behaved, funny and cute! I feel very lucky to have him.  Really, Émilie was right!

Thursday, 29 April 2010

So Delicate - Yet So Deadly

I have just been astonished by some of artist Yvonne Lee Schultz's creations: beautifully hand-painted porcelain guns. So feminine and delicate, their ornamental style strongly contrasts with the connotation of death and danger they bear. 

I love that they are presented with matching teacups! To me, those teacups are an evocation of the fragility, beauty and frivolity a woman was more than often supposed to incarnate in the past, among others during the Victorian era. The pairing of guns and teacups modifies that idea, giving the hint that women can be sophisticated and delicate without being as innocent and clueless as they seem...


Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Day Dreaming

Inviting us in the world of reveries, Boston-based artist Karen Preston creates digital collages where little girls tame wild animals and where birds and bunnies wear Victorian dresses in a mysterious vaporous environment.

Visit A rabbit girl, her Etsy shop, for more information on the prints

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

A Beautiful Office

With the arrival of my precious little baby in September, I have to rethink an office space in the living room (since our present office will become the baby's nursery).  Here are some good ideas, found on LivingEtc.

Thanks to Beauty Comma for the discovery!

Monday, 26 April 2010

Nature's Awakening

It is strange how every spring I am surprised by the same phenomenon: one morning the trees stand naked and the next their branches are covered all over with tiny leafs, as if all of nature's tender green had appeared overnight. Yesterday I saw that many threes had big buds and was expecting some leafs soon, but already this morning the two trees standing in my little garden were wearing their summer gown...

In that state of mind, here are some bright, warm and vivifying photographies by Jardino.

Thanks to Decor8 for the discovery!

Friday, 23 April 2010


I recently told you about Émilie Simon: here is another of her video called "Flowers". The dark images, inspired by Tim Burton's animation movies, are contrasting with the sweetness of the song and the singer's little voice... 

Thursday, 22 April 2010

A curiosity

Here is a profoundly strange art piece by Ford Madox Brown: called "Take your son, sir!", it was started in 1857. The disturbing expression of the woman, the way she carelessly holds the child, the neglect suggested by the unfinished state of the painting makes it a very curious painting.

Depicting Emma, the artist's wife, and their son Arthur, it has been painted during a period of heated debates surrounding the acceptance of a law authorizing women to ask for divorce when they were abandoned or treated with cruelty.  This may be why the woman is presented as threatening to the father of her child, as if she was asking him to take responsibility for his actions.  

I love the ambiguity of the composition that makes us look twice and to my opinion, the fact that it is unfinished only adds to its appeal.

The informations about the painting are from the book "Les préraphaélites, un moderniste à l'anglaise" by Laurence Des Cars.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

So Many White Butterflies

This beautiful composition is by Kiyoshi Kuroda.

I am sorry I have no more information: his website is a little confusing and it is partly in Japanese. If someone can complete the informations about this art piece, I will be glad to add it.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Porcelain Beauties

Marina Bychkova's porcelain creations are just astonishing. Fragile and beautiful, they adopt the postures of humans and they seem to have an intense emotional life. For the last few days, I have been under the spell of their carefully painted faces, their sad gazes and their detailed gowns. 

For many other images, visit Enchanted Dolls.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Fashion revolution

During my visit of "Haute Couture" last week, I discovered -and sometimes re-discovered- some of these fashion photographies by Richard Avedon. During the tour, it was explained that his way of capturing models and clothes was quite revolutionary in the fifties. Instead of working in a studio with rather still and classic poses, he was bringing fashion outside, encouraging models to become actresses dancing, walking and to moving to display the creations in the best way possible. His vision and his work deeply influenced the way fashion creations are now presented. 

Richard Avedon, Dovima with elephants
Evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'hiver, August 1955

Place de la Concorde, Paris, August 1947

Richard Avedon, Dorian Leigh - evening dress by Piguet, 
lie St.-Louis, Paris, August 1949

 Richard Avedon, Homage to Munkacsi, Carmen, coat by Cardin, Place François-Premier, Paris, August 1957

Richard Avedon, Dovima

Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall - coat by Guy Laroche, Palais-Royal, Paris, August 1957

In addition to his fashion photographies, Richard Avedon is well-known for his portraits and for his artistic photographies.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Just a Little Bit More...

Some days, I feel as if I needed a double of myself to get everything done in time.  This week-end is the last of my semester and I will need all the energy and the motivation I have left to end things on the right note.  If only Ingres could draw me one more arm...

This is a study Ingres produced for his Turkish Bath (see below, the lady at the far right). I saw this beautiful sketch last summer and even though it is not a complete work, it is one of my favourite creations by Ingres.

Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres, The Turkish Bath
oil on wood, 108 x 108 cm, 1862

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Memorable Gowns

Tomorrow will be a day of feast for the eyes: I am going to visit the exhibition "Haute Couture" at the Musée des Beaux Arts du Québec.  Presenting creation dating between 1947 and 1957, it features gowns by Christian Dior, Cristobal Balanciaga, Givenchy... The exhibition is presented until April 25th 2010.

Christian Dior, 1954-1955

Pierre Balmain, 1950

Cristobal Balanciaga, 1955

Jean Dessès, 1951

Victor Stiebel, late 1950s.

Roger Vivier, late 1950s

Images from ELLE Québec.