Style Inspiration: Pastoral Paintings

I often look to paintings from the 19th century depicting pastoral, peasant, and farm life for outfit inspiration. I love the muted tones, the worn in cloth, and the simple patterns. Most of the ideas I get for my Autumn and Winter wardrobe are borrowed from paintings of shepherd and farm girls by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French).

 

Style Inspiration | Pastoral

The wonderful thing about these looks are they are very easy to recreate and they are forever classics! A long a-line skirt, a simple blouse, a shawl, and (HUZZAH) bare feet!

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J’adore François Boucher!

18th century French painter François Boucher said about nature “trop verte et mal éclairée” (too green and badly lit) in a letter to Nicolas Lancret, another French painter.

When you think of 18th century France you probably first think of Marie Antoinette, sumptuous fabrics, larger than life powdered hairstyles, and flowers, so many flowers!

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François Boucher was supporte by his patroness, Madame de Pompadour, the official mistress to King Louis XV. Not to go off topic, but have you ever read anything about Madame de Pompadour? She seemed like a super cool, super classy lady! If I lived back in the day and was French (AND super rich) I would hope Jeanne and I would have been buddies! / IMG SRC: Detail of The Interrupted Sleep by Francois Boucher 

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Ok, back to Mister Boucher! He was known for incredibly dreamy and sumptuous paintings and also for pastoral scenes. If you know me at all, you’ll know I am a huge HUGE fan of anything fancy AND pastoral. / IMG SRC: (top) Madame Pompadour by Francois BoucherMadame Bergeret 1746 by Francois Boucher

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As much flack as Marie Antoinette got for building her Hameau de la Reine (The Queen’s Hamlet) where she dressed like a milkmaid and romped around fields and picnicked with her children while sheep grazed by… I TOTALLY GET IT! I’d probably do the same thing… but not build a fake village. I’d just go buy a real village and go hang with the locals and give them jobs. / IMG SRC: In the Garden by Francois Boucher

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Gosh, I keep going off topic. Actually, this really isn’t just about François Boucher, it’s more about WHY I adore his work so much. He painted such a beautiful part of history, so idyllic, so romantic, so absolutely dreamy. And he added some naughty bits. Some eroticism and mysticism all cleverly hidden in flowers, fruits, and the scenery.

And some weren’t hidden, some were just in your face, look at this naked lady with a swan right *there* (just google it) / IMG SRC: above and both below are from Francois Boucher Gallery

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Francois Boucher, Rococo Pastorale

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Vintage Valentine’s Day | Antique Fraktur Love Letters

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Do you still give away Valentines? I haven’t in a long time. And mostly because, I haven’t made any since I was little! I typically just give away flowers. I was looking through (trusty ol’) Pinterest for vintage Valentine inspirations and came across these beauties. They’re actually antique Valentines, from the 17th and early to mid 18th century!

These Valentines are Fraktur folk art Valentine love letters created by German-speaking immigrants who lived in Pennsylvania. Hallmark, shmallmark, right? They’re so intricate! All water color painted and written with calligraphy.

They’re folding cards, also “Puzzle Purses”, and typically have words of affection and love written throughout that get discovered with each unfold. There are a bunch of editorials on making these online! Maybe we’ll find one to post on our Facebook before Valentine’s Day. Some even put confetti or little treats inside!

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Vintage Inspiration | Paintings in Color

When looking at an 18th century painting the other day, I realized the flower sash it featured had all of Pantone’s 2016 colors in it. Somewhat inspired by Movies in Color, we decided to put together a little graphic showing the color palettes from 17th-19th century paintings of ladies and flowers.

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I find it amazing that after all these hundreds of years, art such as this is still so relevant. We as a society are still able to pull so much inspiration from these paintings. I know I do.

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Inspiration: 18th Century Fabric Sample Book

I love vintage and antique fabrics and textiles especially those originating from Europe. What an absolute treasure it must to have this antique 18th century fabric sample in your collection!

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This particular antique fabric textile sample book is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum and was put together by Barbara Johnson (not sure who that is?) between the years of 1746-1823.

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I just adore the little notes and how the fabric swatches are pinned on the papers and the attached fashion plates and inspiration images. There is something so modern about this! Makes me want to start a DIY project just so in 200 years someone can find it and get super stoked about it.

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These two above are probably my favorite. While I adore the floral prints so very much, I love the understated and classic fabrics in muted colors even more. These prints and patterns will never ever go out of style. They are everlasting!

To view more pages from this 18th century fabric sample book, visit the Victoria Albert Museum.

image source: All images are from Victoria Albert Museum Website

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