Hiiii guys! I’m currently recovering from the most intense time at uni (masters is HARD), but I will be back up and running soon!
:) Yvette x
Room 9: Detail of the Lounge Room
I wasn’t looking for this cushion, I just stumbled upon it on pinterest last week! Florence’s lounge room features a Timorous Beasties cushion.
I’m guessing Florence’s exact cushion has gone out of production, butit was part of their Ruskin collection and you can see very similar designs here.
As the US Vogue article on Flo’s house explains, Florence’s lounge room is avian-themed, so the lovely bird-motif on this cushion works perfectly. Also, a fun fact - wallpaper by Timorous Beasties was used on the set of BBC Sherlock!
Reblogging this post because new information has come to light! :)
Fulang-Chang and I, Frida Kahlo, 1937, MoMA
The final work instagrammed from Flo’s visit to MoMA! We know how much she loves Frida.
Fulang-Chang and I depicts Kahlo with one of her pet monkeys, interpreted by many as surrogates for the children she and Diego Rivera were unable to conceive. The painting was included in the first major exhibition of her work, held at Julien Levy Gallery in New York in 1938. In the essay that accompanied the show, the Surrealist leader André Breton described Kahlo’s work as “a ribbon around a bomb” and hailed her as a self-created Surrealist painter. Although she appreciated his enthusiasm for her work, Kahlo did not agree with his assessment: “They thought I was a Surrealist but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.” Kahlo later gave this painting to her close friend Mary Sklar, attaching a mirror to it so that, if Sklar chose, the two friends could be together.
Periwinkles/Moroccan Garden, Henri Matisse, 1912, MoMA
This is another work that Florence instagrammed whilst at MoMA.
Matisse was a 20th Century French artist. He worked during the time of Picasso and Duchamp and his art signaled a groundbreaking moment in modern art. He is known for his mastery of colour.
Portrait of Joseph Roulin, Vincent Van Gogh, 1889, MoMA
Florence saw this painting earlier in the year when she visited New York’s Museum of Modern Art (she instagrammed the work). Van Gogh is so wonderful.
This portrait of Joseph Roulin is one of six van Gogh painted of his close friend, a postal employee in the southern French town of Arles, a fifteen-hour train ride from Paris. Van Gogh had moved to Arles in 1888, hoping to create an artists cooperative there. The plan never came to fruition, and the artist became lonely and isolated. He found comfort and companionship with the Roulin family, and they are the subjects of many of his paintings. In this portrait, Roulin is depicted in the uniform he always wore proudly, set against an imaginative backdrop of swirling flowers. In a letter to his brother Theo, the artist wrote that, of all genres, “the modern portrait” excited him the most: “I want to paint men and women with that something of the eternal which the halo used to symbolize, and which we try to convey by the actual radiance and vibration of our coloring.
I just suddenly had this image of Virginia Woolf walking towards the water with pockets laden with stones. Such a powerful image because it’s so bucolic - like the English countryside and a stream behind a country house, but then her, just walking with intent and just lying down and letting it all overtake you, letting it take you over. It’s an image I couldn’t stop thinking about.
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A Woman in Blue (Portrait of the Duchess of Beaufort), Thomas Gainsborough, 1770.
Florence attended the Royal Academy of Arts 2013 Summer Exhibition, looking radiant as per usual. She had with her an amazing Anya Hindmarch 'Duchess Lady' clutch. I have discovered that the painting depicted on the clutch is a Gainsborough portrait of the Duchess of Beaufort.
Thomas Gainsborough was an 18th century English painter. He studied art in London, lived in both London and Bath and was a founding member of the Royal Academy! How fitting, since Florence was attending that very same venue! I wonder if she chose the clutch intentionally…
There seem to have been rather a few Duchesses of Beaufort, so I’m not sure who this lady is. Interestingly, Gainsborough married the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Beaufort, Margaret Burr, in 1746. I like to imagine the painting is of her!
So that’s it! That’s the end of the Florence Welch House Series. I’ve had so much fun doing it and I’m really glad that lots of you have enjoyed it. Thanks to everyone who sent in encouraging messages, ideas or tips - you have all made it very special!
And even though this series has ended, I will definitely continue to make posts, as often as possible, about the art, books, music etc that inspires Florence, so stick around!