If I could have any 5 pieces of art in my home, it would be these. Some of them are undeniably out of my price range – such at Acqua by italian artist Corrado Zeni, which you can buy from Saatchi online for over 3,000 dollars. Its the wonderful use of colour and the blurry aesthetic which attracted me the most, and I think it would work so well as a feature in a room full of neutral colours.
The first is of Louis Armstrong playing trumpet to his wife, Lucille, in front of the Great Sphinx and pyramids in Giza, Egypt. It was taken for the New York Times in 1961. Its so romantic and I adore how their bright surroundings contrast with Armstrong’s dark suit.
Jazz is the creation of Marius Roosendaal- a Dutch graphic designer who “occasionally makes stuff”. I am pretty conventional in terms of wall art in the home – but I think this is really cool. It reminds me of old jazz or soul record covers, that my dad had in the attic.
The final two choices probably have something to do with me love of fashion. I wouldn’t say I were a fashionista but I adore browsing through fashion pictures on pinterest and blogs. Many of the images are art in their own right, I would say. Study of Drapery is by Alfons Maria Mucha – a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist. The bold contrast between the softly sketched pencil lines of the woman’s upper half and the deeply etched lines and use of white of her skirt is wonderful. The representation of the fabric is so believable.
I couldn’t find the name of the final image which was taken by a hugely iconic American photographer called Clifford Coffin. Born in 1913, many considered him one of Vogue’s greatest photographers and he took this during a fashion shoot. The colours are so vivid, while these beautifully feminine figures are so in motion and blurry that it looks more like a painting than a photograph.
Got any favourites?