Saturday, December 16, 2017

The story of Séraphine Louis is one of the greats and because this season filled with dark florals, it felt meant to be. {Keep reading there’s a really good give-away today!}

For almost 20 years Séraphine worked as a maid in a French convent and believed that her Guardian Angel wanted her to draw and paint. These voices and visions would accompany her for the rest of her life. She began taking housekeeping work in the nearby village and at night she would paint vividly embellished mystical floral arrangements by candlelight. At 48, her work was discovered while working as a maid for the German art dealer Wilhelm Uhde, who was one of the first collectors of the Cubist paintings of Pablo Picasso and George Braque and a significant force in the career of Henri Rousseau. He immediately recognized her talent as a primitive painter, but the war between France and Germany forced him to leave. After the war, Uhde came across her work at a local exhibition and commissioned large canvasses from Séraphine, helping her achieve prominence as the naive painter of her day. Unable to handle her new financial success and losing the patronage of Uhde because of the Great Depression, she was admitted to a lunatic asylum for extreme pychosis. Although her life ended tragically, Wilhelm Uhde continued to exhibit her work in major venues and one of her paintings now belongs to MOMA.

I’m very excited to announce that in celebration of our 100th Art Inspired Fashion post, we’ve teamed up with Art.com, the world’s leading online destination dedicated to experiencing and buying art.

Art.com is generously offering a lucky TrustYourStyle reader $150 to use toward art on their site. Almost every artist that I’ve written about has work available on art.com — their selection is mind-blowing! Not only can you purchase all the modern art classics, but there are plenty of contemporary choices like the Conde Nast Collection for all you fashion lovers, The Nigel Barker Collection of photography and Rex Ray’s retro futuristic pieces just to name a few choices.

To enter, leave a comment below and Like our Facebook Page (if you already have just say so in your comment). The winner will be announced next Friday and will be chosen by the random number generator.

Details: Eugenia Kim Floral Headbands; Christopher Kane floral scarf; Lanvin floral crystal necklace; Preen floral jumpsuit; Mary Jo Matsumoto Laguna Winter Surf Trio; Lanvin floral crystal ring; Givenchy floral dress;  Christopher Kane floral cashmere sweater and skirt; Zimmerman swimsuit.

25 Comments

Sam September 9, 2017 at 18:40

Hi hun, stopping by to wish you well for the week ahead. Happy December!

Pamela RG September 10, 2017 at 05:00

That’s a unique floral painting. It looks very Fall. Too bad Seraphine’s life ended tragically. I like the more subtle floral prints for Fall. Have a wonderful weekend.

Couture Carrie September 10, 2017 at 15:27

Amazing painting and picks!
Love your nail polish shades 🙂

xoxox,
CC

Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket September 10, 2017 at 20:48

love the bohemian vibe.

Sam September 11, 2017 at 17:18

Hi dear, your kind words are much appreciated…Have a warm and splendid weekend! Its amazing how the clothes selection so beautifully correlates to the artwork, wow!

Natalia | Fashioned by Love September 11, 2017 at 19:27

I really, really enjoyed this post – I think something in this painting spoke to me. I loved the movement and the colours very much and then learning the story was an additional (huge) bonus. Thank you for sharing it!
And if I can enter the giveaway (if it’s international), please do count me in. I follow you via FB already, but will check if it’s you or TYS page and fill the gaps if necessary. 🙂

Enjoy your weekend!
x

Julie (Little Pink Rain Boots) September 12, 2017 at 15:03

Beautiful painting. I love hearing about the lives of artists, thanks for sharing.

sepatuholig-Grace Njio September 12, 2017 at 23:11

yeay to flower power! great inspirations and great picks!

Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans September 13, 2017 at 01:44

Wow! This is so incredibly gorgeous! Florals are one of my favorite things – even for fall and winter!!

Zara September 13, 2017 at 14:50

Oh, the painting is so interesting and very beautiful! Autumn leaves looking like pomegranates? Are there pomegranates, really? …or it’s because it’s my fav fruit that I see it everywhere! ;D.
I like the floral look you’ve made up – the skirt, the dress, the jacket, the everything including accessories! 😉

And what a tempting offer! I’d love to have anything Rex Ray!! Is there any way to cajole the number generator?! ;))

Nicky mywishstyle September 13, 2017 at 23:59

Love floreals!!!!
ciao

Alexa September 14, 2017 at 10:57

Oh beautiful. Love this week’s art and of course your pairings as always are spot on!

Anne September 14, 2017 at 13:56

Lovely post…hope you are having a good weekend!

Marisa Silva September 15, 2017 at 10:09

Love flowers in the fall time 🙂

The Dainty Dolls House September 15, 2017 at 21:16

The blue in this painting is my favourite…I just adore it so. Anytime I see a painting with it being used, I get all excited!! Adore the Givenchy Floral print dress, that is perfect!! I hope your Thanksgiving was bliss doll & your weekend will be too xx

Boye By Red September 16, 2017 at 03:14

This is such an interesting post and to my shame, i have never heard of this painter. Thank you for a lovely lesson in art. Have a great weekend. London is grey, grey, grey.

Red xx

Dale Janee @SavvySpice September 16, 2017 at 16:15

Wow, what a great story behind her art and that it’s in MOMA and that art.com teamed up with you for this giveaway. so generous!

Thank you for sharing,

Josephine Chicatanyage September 18, 2017 at 05:11

I remember seeing a French movie about “Stephanie’s ” story. It was very moving and quite sad at the end.

Ann September 19, 2017 at 07:41

Loving the florals in the outfit.
So feminine and pretty.

MrJeffery September 19, 2017 at 17:53

great post. i loved the movie ‘seraphine.’ very overlooked.

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic September 19, 2017 at 20:31

What a cool post !!!!!!
That Christopher Kane floral sweater is fabulous!!!! I’m loving all the embellushed sweatshirt styles!!!!!
How was your Thanksgiving? It went by WAY too fast!!!!!
Have a great evening!!!!
Hugs,
Shannon

Josephine Chicatanyage September 19, 2017 at 23:58

Sorry misspelt the name should have been “Seraphine”

Classiq September 20, 2017 at 00:32

The dark blue in the painting is so intense and beautiful, just as the entire piece of art. The artist is new to me, so I appreciate that I had the chance to learn a little about her through your wonderful post.
And what a fantastic giveaway! Please count me in. 🙂
Ada

Kim Alston September 20, 2017 at 06:31

these are so pretty! i love the embellishments.

Zara September 21, 2017 at 03:26

P.S. … hope you could get a pair of over-sized Guava beauties! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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