Monday, 27 February 2012

i am half sick of shadows

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"Ciphers and Constellations, in Love with a Woman," by Joan Miró

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Living in a place where February, though perhaps still chilly, tends to be sunny and bright, I've been seized with a desire to wear colour, and also white. As various people have noted, I'm on a real red kick at the moment, which I'm continuing with these endlessly tomato-hued tights. The brights and whites of this outfit were more than a little inspired by a trip to the Miró Foundation the day before. The shining white building that houses the master surrealist's work interacts with the blue Mediterranean sky in a way that's more than a little reminiscent of some of his works. I've always loved how much joy can be contained in his splashes of red, yellow and blue on white. There's also a really good exhibition on at the gallery until next month, relating Miró's works to the context of the Spanish Civil war and his rural Catalan roots.

We bought posters of the work below... and early piece and a bit different from his most celebrated style, but so representative of the countryside around Barcelona...

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"The Farm," by Joan Miró

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Photos by Albert

dress: J.Crew (gift from Emily), tights: Boots, shoes: Fly London, coat: Zara, pin: Christmas present

32 comments:

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

I love Miro! And of course your outfit.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

Hehe, then I shall pack you off to the exhibition!

Amber said...

the red kick is working for you :) They contrast so wonderfully with your pretty white dress.

Rebecca said...

I really like how the orange/red of the tights really pops against the white. There is something really fresh and spring like about the combination. I visited the Miro museum when I was last in Barcelona, and loved it and the surrounding park if I remember correctly!

YEYE STYLE BLOG said...

I love those shoes and the tights :)

Galine said...

The shoes & tights are amazing!!! Paired with that white dress too, it looks stunning on you! :)

CessOviedo said...

Miró has extraordinary pieces! I'm loving that you're loving red, looks gorge on you!

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Terri said...

These are beautiful dramatic photos. The Miro poster you purchased is very different from any of his other work I've seen.

Zane said...

love your dress and bright tights

out of order said...

love those tights! ya look smashing <3

Meghan

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

The detail in the Miro poster you purchased is amazing. There's always so much to absorb in his works. And, inspiration too! I love this dress with tomato red tights :)

Valerie Enríquez said...

Such a beautiful dress and the artwork too x

Loren said...

Love the white dress & red stockings. Great combo.

Carrie said...

"I'm half-sick of shadows" - also the title of the new Flavia DeLuce mystery. You know I'm a sucker for those books. :-)

You look cute - stay warm!

Nina said...

You look lovely! The red and white is such a beautiful combination and perfect for the great weather it looks like you're having!

Closet Fashionista said...

Love the dress and coat!! It has been pretty sunny here too, though still chilly :)
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Diana said...

i am a huge fan of your tomato tights -- they look perfect with that coat and white dress :) i love how much it looks like that painting "ciphers and constellations..." i can totally see your inspiration! xo


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Nicole, Coco Maria said...

These photos are so wonderful. And I love the outfit as well! The red and white combination is delightful. It's funny though -the chilly february weather has me leaning toward darker colors. I should start embracing brighter colors though!

Laura said...

I remember studying Miro in high school - we were studying Spanish artists. My friends' group picked Miro and they had to do a reproduction of one of his works...it was a fun project! I'm not normally too big on abstract art, but Miro's stuff is pretty awesome. Also awesome - those tights!

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Virginie said...

The outfit is SO beautiful and I love the inspiration behind it too!

Living somewhere February is freezing and wet, I'm glad it's over sooon!!

Virginie ♥

chestnutmocha said...

such a wonderful dress!

Raquel, Black Sheep said...

The mix of tweed, while and red in this outfit is great, I love it!

And I still kick myself for being too late to get the Miró museum (or house/exhibition? can't remember) open, and blamed my friends for it all the time until flying back to Portugal when I was in Barcelona! haha

Kenzie and Maddy said...

I love this so much!! That orange color looks really good on you!

Eleni said...

Ooh, I went to a Miro exhibition at the Tate Modern last year and I learned so much! I loved learning how the war affected his work, how the chaos crept in. I wish I'd bought some posters, too!

caitlin said...

i feel like i could spend hours at a surrealist exhibition. i've always been more drawn to abstract expressionism, but there is so much to going on in surrealist paintings--so much to see and (attempt to) analyze. i really love the painting of the farm above--it's amazing.

also, i might take you up on that offer to read my novel ;)

Ashley said...

I'm really a fan of your colored tights! You're giving me good ideas :)

Rebeccak said...

I love this combo! Tweedy winter with bright red springy-ness and lacy white summer. Amazing.

Tomz said...

nice pix n poses..loving it

celia said...

Haha I feel the same way about the sunny weather, I hope this silly inbetween weeks will pass quickly.

The dress is really lovely, I can see how the outfit is inspired by the Fundació Miró, such a beautiful builing.

Annebeth said...

beautiful outfit, beautiful light, beautiful location. Makes me want to wander the streets of some beautiful city around sundown.

Meanz Chan (Koi Story) said...

I absolutely adore your white dress, and then those pretty red tights just make the white pop.

Caroljydn said...

love your dress and bright tights