Modern Pleasures

September 13, 2016 § Leave a comment


When I was researching color indicators and trends for one of my books, Pantone: The 20th Century in Color, I came across the work of an artist named Florine Stettheimer.   Color was certainly one of her strengths and passions, as depicted in most of her paintings.

 

Florine Stettheimer, Family Portrait II, 1933 New York, Museum of Modern Art Gift of Miss Ettie Stettheimer 1956 © 2014, The Museum of Modern Art, SCALA FLorenz © 2014 Estate of Florine Stettheimer FLORINE STETTHEIMER

Florine Stettheimer, Family Portrait II, 1933
New York, Museum of Modern Art
Gift of Miss Ettie Stettheimer 1956
© 2014, The Museum of Modern Art, SCALA FLorenz © 2014 Estate of Florine Stettheimer
FLORINE STETTHEIMER

 

In the chapter titled Modern Pleasures, Florine was highlighted as painting “exhuberant, idiosyncratic depictions of events real and imaginary and that they “radiated pure color.” In the words of her biographer, Parker Tyler: “She was not one for mixing color; what came straight out of the tube seemed to her quite good enough.”

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Her canvases depicted the life that Florine lived and understood best, that of New York City from 1916 until the time of her death in 1944. Her studio was located, appropriately enough, in the Beaux Arts Building overlooking Bryant Park. A single lady, she held many salons in her home for modern artists and writers such as Marchel Duchamp, Alfred Steiglitz and Georgia O’Keefe. Having lived and studied in Europe for a time, she was also influenced by early-modernist art forms and colors coming out of Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, and Expressionism.

Her same colorful sense of whimsy was especially prevalent in the 1920’s, not only in art but also prevalent in fashion, fabrics, and ceramics.

Florine Stettheimer’s work can be found in several museum collections housed in Manhattan, notably MOMA and the Metropolitan Museum, while Columbia University owns the largest collection, which is housed in the Avery Library.

 

Fashion Color Forecast From The Fifties: #TBT

June 24, 2015 § Leave a comment


June 25, 2015

Discovering or rediscovering history is something I truly enjoy. What can be more life-affirming than a trip down memory lane? It’s fun looking back at the signposts that are left of a life once lived, reflecting on the food, fashion, and music of eras gone by is something both the young and the old enjoy. How many times have you seen the Internet meme celebrating the wonders of the past? 

Today is wonderful but yesterday was something else, especially when it is tangible. There is nothing like feeling and smelling these relics from our past. I’ve heard it said that “the nose is the doorway to nostalgia,” especially if you read old books.

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I was flipping through one old book in particular when I realized I was completely transported, not just by the old-book scent, but also by the wonder and promise that this first-of-its-kind forecast held. The book that I am referring to is the venerable textile manufacturer Hockanum’s Coast-to-Coast Woolens fall 1955 fabric color trend forecast. You might be familiar with it if you have read Pantone: The 20th Century in Color, as it was featured in the chapter between Cosmetic Superstars and Fantasyland. 

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Below is the foreward from the Hockanum forecast:

“From coast to coast, America soars, sails, rides, treks, walks. America goes places. So does Hockanum.

Here, in a few pages, is a fast trip through Hockanum Coast-to-Coast Woolens for Fall ’55. Not all of the collection is here, of course – but there is enough to give you a quick look at our Fall color story, with proposed coordinates – and a lightning idea of some of our non-stop fabrics.

The new trend toward ensembles shows up clearly. One fabric links itself to another – and yet another. Colors stand alone with strength, or fall into costume groups, giving each other additional grace and impact.

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The fabrics have gone into all markets – coats, suits, dresses, sportswear, separates. There you will come upon them again – and we hope you will find the helpful signposts, pointing the way to a good, successful season.”

This forecast was a blast from the past, but as familiar and comforting as the fashions we loved on Mad Men.

More Alive With Color Monday

December 13, 2010 § Leave a comment


December 13, 2010

On a sight seeing stroll through Taiwan we spotted the Taiwanese version of More Alive With Color. It really is a beautifully done book. We couldn’t be more pleased with the book and being embraced by the Taiwanese.

Thank you!!

I’m thinking of calling this More Alive With Color Monday. If you are not familiar with More Alive With Color (MAWC) for short I will give you a brief synopsis of the concept.


Based on the colors of your eyes, hair and skin (and on your personality). Lee has come up with three Colortimes:

Sunrise, with the sparkling jewel tones of dawn and dew


Sunlight, with the soft pastels and delicious fruit shades of noon


Sunset, with the fiery hues that mellow into dusk.

With that said, do you know what YOUR Colortime is? Stay tuned for when I talk about the Crossover colors….

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