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


Less Expected Mix

[Paul Gauguin, Still Life with Peonies, 1884. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, NGA.]

With its blue-grays, muted purple-y-pinks, rusty-reds and bits of gold, Gauguin's palette here is slightly more subdued than the electric color mixes seen in his later works from the South Pacific but nonetheless rich. Although part of the NGA's collection, the painting is currently on loan for the traveling show, Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse, which is now at the Dallas Museum of Art but headed to the VMFA in March (at the latter the exhibition title will be Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse: The Art of the Flower. )

But back to Gauguin's piece, his colors bleed and swirl together a little like a paisley pattern from the same era.

[Details: Kashmir Shawl, India. 1865-1875. Marla Mallett Textiles.]

The palette of either object could be a great jumping off point for an entire room.

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