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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

4.10.2010

Eat, Breathe, Draw

[Click image above to enlarge. Credits follow at the bottom of this post.]

On Tiffany's Paloma Picasso micro-site, the jewelry designer describes her childhood: "Growing up, I thought that in life you breathe, you eat, you sleep and you draw."

[Paloma Picasso and La Femme Fleur photographed in the 1950s by Robert Doisneau.]

That may sound a bit romanticized but if you've seen a lot of photographs of Paloma as a little girl, drawing alongside her famous father, the words ring true.  Could the quote serve as a jumping off point for the design of a room? I woke up brainstorming the idea. There have already been a lot of Matisse-Picasso references on this blog. (Looking back through nearly four years of past posts, I remembered a Billy Baldwin-Matisse connection.) Still, a specific room loosely based on those archive images of the artists living and working in the South of France is always open to new interpretations. So that's up next.

[Lisa Fine's Baroda II linen in curry.]

For now, an inspiration board. Clockwise from the top left: Carolina Irving's Andaluz; David Douglas Duncan's photograph of nine-year-old Paloma Picasso making art with common garden leaves; Detail, late-19th-or-early-20th-century North African pierced and appliqued cloth from Matisse, His Art and His Textiles; Helene Adant photo of Matisse in his Vence studio with moucharabiehs, 1940s, also from Matisse, His Art and His Textiles; birdcage from Benjamin Wilson Antiques; Kuba cloth from Jayson Home; screengrab of Paloma from Style.com; and Peter Dunham's Arabesque.

[Exile: The Making of Exile On Main St., Dominique Tarlé's extensive archive of Nellcôte photographs, Genesis Publications.]

Related past post: Decorating Back Stories.

8 comments:

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Paloma's life no doubt was inspiring and fascinating from day #1. I love the colors of your inspirations board. Hope your Sunday is a good one!

Karena said...

Courtney, I love your inspiration board and the connections with several favorites of mine!

little augury said...

Every child should be so lucky and deserves to have these opportunities-in the simplest of terms. The board is very inspiring indeed.

Picture of Elegance said...

I love your post.Just like music, art is food for the soul...

Style Court said...

Picture of Elegance -- thanks!

Gaye -- Yes, definitely every child.

DT -- Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Karena -- Many thanks, as always.

Dean Farris said...

I was once in the elevator in Tiffany's (NY) with PP and boy , does she have STAR POWER !

And gorgeous too...

Dean Farris Naples, Fla

Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors said...

Just a delightful post to read. PP. is truly a force of nature. I loved what Dean Farris wrote, STAR POWER! And gorgeous too...A great talent.

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

Lovely, lovely inspiration board, Courtney. The photo of Matisse with the light streaming through the window is achingly beautiful. And PB's Arabesque is a favorite. Can't wait to see the room you're going to conjure up! xxx