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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


A Blue-and-Green Summer

The official color forecast may call for yellows and plums, but I predict my summer will be filled with greens and blues. In June, Monet Water Lilies opens at the High. A lot of us grew up seeing so much of Monet's work reproduced on umbrellas, note paper -- yes, maybe even jigsaw puzzles -- that we forget how edgy the paintings were back in the day. Especially the abstract water lily series done at the end of his life. As the museum explains, most of the work stagnated in Monet's studio long after his death, unappreciated until MOMA's founding director, Alfred H. Barr, Jr., brought the work to the public. Once the paintings were understood, they had a significant impact on Modern art.

One of my favorite curators, Dr. David Brenneman, will talk about this on Saturday, June 6 at 2 p.m. Click here for details.

In addition to hanging out at the High, I'll also be recovering a small bench with Peter Dunham's "Fig Leaf" -- finally. If you've never seen the fabric in person, there is a wonderful pale blue shade mixed in with the greens that brings a dimension not always so apparent in magazine features.

Something to wear to David's lecture, the "Charlotte" necklace shown at the top is from Atlanta-based Turq Jewelry. The beads are olive green faceted Czech glass on silk thread with faceted navy agate nuggets, and the length is adjustable from 16 inches to 23 inches. (BTW: Turq Jewelry can be found at the High gift shop.)

Top view of Monet's Water Lilies is via
L'Orangerie; image three is courtesy Allie Caulfield

This Kate Spade ad via Inside the Loop perfectly captures blue-and-green summer in the city.


Karena said...

Your bench will be beautiful! I love blues and greens together!

Style Court said...

Oh that's sweet Karen. Thanks! I know you would appreciate the exhibition too, with your background.