“Now I am content to say I paint like that because it is the technique that seems to me best fitted to give the most harmonious, luminous and highly coloured results…and that’s the way I like it.”
Paul Signac (1894)
I feel sad for those of you who missed the National Gallery of Victoria’s ‘Radiance: The Neo-Impressionists’ exhibition that finished last month. Whether you are an appreciator of fine art or not, the exhibition was an exercise in calmness and serenity; imparting the idea that a certain meditative fulfillment can be absorbed through the flecks of sunlight captured on a canvas. Seduced by the perpetual vibrancy of sunlight, the Neo-Impressionists lightened their souls by capturing nature in her most ideal form. The shy brushstrokes of these artists fashioned a language through which one is reconciled with the creative spirit; palettes of luminous colours that pulsate and harmonise signify a celebration of the essence of light on an almost molecular scale.
On days when the earth is bathed in a golden hue, I find myself preserving the legacy of these artists; dressing in delicate water-floral prints and pastel shades. It is often not a conscious decision to align my clothing with the colour and tones of the external world. However, I’m sure you’ve felt it too – the lure of a golden promise that hangs in the air, inspiring you to celebrate nature’s gift of sunlight through the vibrancy of fabrics, prints and tones. Clothing is to us what paint was to the Neo-Impressionists, a means through which our inner landscape can be harmonised with the temperament of the world around us.
I spent an evening with Signac, well, sort of, designing this outfit after being enticed by the blushing mauve hues of his 1914 painting Juan-les-Pins. Evening (first version). I wanted the colour and style of my garment to express the tranquility of Signac’s work; capturing the delicate flecks of afternoon sunlight, as they are absorbed into the simple silhouette of the landscape.
Fragrance Note: Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Lys Soliea
Photography by Joshua Montebello
I was very excited to have a shortened version of this post published by the National Gallery of Victoria as part of the WE BLOG FASHION program for the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2013. You can see it here: