Hello dear friends and welcome to the 5th edition of the Midlife Fun link-up which I offer in collaboration with two fantastic bloggers from Germany Tina and Beate at the end of each month. In November, we invite you to explore the art of the famous Austrian painter Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). We encourage you to create your own outfit inspired by this wonderful master, but also feel free to join us as you are - the link-up is open till December 20th.
Make sure to visit my talented co-hosts Tina and Beate over at their blogs too!
Beate's interpretation of the theme:
As probably many of you are, I am mesmerized by Klimt's bold, rich, ornate paintings and his generous usage of golden leaf technique. His art really isn't like anything else. But just as any other unique genius known to the world, Klimt had to begin as a classic painter. I was curious to look at his early works, and often I wouldn't be able to tell that they were painted by Klimt. The talent and skills are there, but only at the turn of the century, he found his own voice, and his works started looking truly original. It is encouraging to me, and I think it should be to any artist.
The two paintings that are shown here, Water Serpents I and Water Serpents II, were made in 1904-07 and are considered to mark a climax in Klimt's style. Many motifs that we seen here will be developed in later works as well. Klimt lived quite an intense, but short life (only 55 years) and did not have enough time to develop a new, less ornate and more focused on color style that is found in some of his late paintings, so he will always remain the author of sensual, allegorical paintings like these two, with fluid lines, organic shapes, transparency and of course, lots of gold.
And that's what I'm trying to transfer into my outfit too. The gauzy skirt and clear heels for transparency, the velvet for sensuous feeling, the bell sleeves and collar of my jacket for organic shapes, the necklace for fluid movement, and lots of gold! When I bought this purse a couple of years ago, I thought it was probably inspired by Gustav Klimt in both color and ornament. And last but not least - redhead women are not rare objects of Klimt's paintings at all! So here you have it - my own take on the art of Gustav Klimt, created with the pieces from my wardrobe (half of which are thrifted and/or vintage). I had so much fun creating it!
Jacket and top - thrifted via Goodwill
Skirt and sunnies - Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant
Boots - Ashley Stewart
Necklace - Chico's Collectibles (last year?)
Bracelets - vintage via Citizen Rosebud and old LB
Purse - via TJ MAXX (old)
Linking up with Patti's Visible Monday