Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Art_4 : the wise aristocrat #90

This painting is from 1694, one century younger than the portrait depicted in Art_1. I found it in an Antique fair and was immediately stuck by the blue eyes of the character. He must be a noble man as his coat of arms is painted in the upper left corner of the painting. I have tried to identify the family which owned that coat of arms, without success for the moment, the French armorial is so huge that only luck would lead me to the right name. The man seems wise, looks calm and thinking. But his eyes are bright and look around for ever...

Some garden in Normandy #89

Near Granville, by the sea, is the house and garden of Christian Dior, fashion designer of what used to be called "New Style".

The young Christian who spent his youth in this house was always remembering the pinkish colour of the building as well as the grey nuance of the loose gravel of the alleys.
This influenced him to the point that it became the trademark of his logo, pink and grey.

The gardens are exquisite, worked out with perfect taste. Here a small pond is surrounded by hedges and is a small garden in the main one.

Flowers are everywhere dispatched with some small desks on which one can smell one of the fragrances of Dior's perfumes. They are all there, from opium to Poison and Miss Dior.
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