Last weekend, Justin and I had a chance to visit an exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) - it was the last days when impressionists were on display. I adore that period and adore both softness and boldness of impressionistic paintings. It revealed so many talents, each with their own uniqueness - it's hard to pick just one favorite. Thank goodness, we don't have to pick only one - we can enjoy them all.
Here is what SAM tells us about this exhibit. "The Seattle Art Museum is proud to present Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art (in Washington, DC). The collection is comprised of extraordinary paintings, considered to be the jewels of one of the finest collections of French Impressionism in the world. This exhibition features 68 intimately scaled paintings by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters, including Edouard Manet, Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Eugène Boudin, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh, among others. These works, which are prominently presented in the East Building of the National Gallery, have long been treasured by the museum’s visitors and prized by art historians."
As you can see, a wide range of artists was presented - some of the names were unfamiliar to me. I was not sure at all exactly why I felt drawn to this particular dress from Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant collection. Frankly speaking, my first thought was something soft, watercolor-like, perhaps floral ... and it would be quite inspired, and I wouldn't be the only woman at the museum who had that thought. I chose this ensemble instead.
Isabel Toledo's clothing is the finest in my closet, for sure. It is timeless yet modern and fresh, charming yet with character at the same time. Hmm, sounds so much like impressionistic art. Could it be why this is what was calling me that day?
The answer to my question became obvious when I entered the world of Renoir's feminine beauties. Of course! Now I know why I thought of this outfit.
Even though, I told Justin that I wouldn't take the jacket off at the museum because I felt too "naked" without it (to which Justin only said, "I hope it will be very hot at the museum!") - I did. First of all, it is not inappropriate at all to look pretty, while surrounded with such beauty. And secondly, it was very hot at the museum indeed.
Dress, jacket and faux fur coat - Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant (last year)
Boots - Naturalizer
Purse - via TJ MAXX
Pearls and scarf - gifts
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