When I opened Jen‘s email announcing this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge I gasped with delight. Why? Because this particular painting hung in my grandmother’s living room, above the couch, for years.
It’s called “Young Girl Reading” or “The Reader” and it was painted by Jean-Honoré Fragonard as part of a series around 1770.
Why did my grandmother have it hanging on her wall? Because she said it reminded her of her daughters, aka my mother and my aunts. At least that’s the story I remember. So, I think it’s especially appropriate to post this the day after Mother’s Day. At least for me.
Speaking of Mother’s Day, we actually celebrated last weekend with dinner (at the restaurant that shall not be named) and I gave my mom the gift I’d bought for her at the Randolph Street Market. The Chicago Candle Factory makes soy candles in old wine, spirits and beer bottles. I got her one made from a bottle of gin from the distillery in our neighborhood, CH Distillery. She says it’s perfect, just like me. And that’s why she’s the best.
Anyway, back to the week’s SIA Challenge. This one’s going to be tough for me since I don’t really own anything yellow. So, we’ll see! If you can come up with an outfit inspired by this painting feel free to send it to Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org by 10PM Pacific on Monday, May 16th to be included in her round-up post next Tuesday. Mirror selfies encouraged!