In the 18th century, the "French dress" by excellence became fashionable among the aristocrats, an elaborate design that consisted of three parts: the dressing gown, open at the front and ending in a tail, the skirt and a triangular top piece that covered the torso. The one shown here, from 1760, is preserved in the Los Angeles Art Museum.
The Queen of fashion, Marie Antoinette marked the rhythm of fashion in Versailles. The second picture shows an oil painting, by Jacques Gautier, where the queen presides over a meeting in 1777.
About the refined art of the fans... they ended up being authentic works of art. On silk or paper held by the rods of ivory, tortoiseshell or precious woods, great painters reflected refined scenes while goldsmiths inlaid precious stones or embroidered with gold and silver threads. The last image shows a French rococo fan. 1730. Actually in Czartoyski Museum, Krakow.
Essay by Ina B.
A good friend @urrealism of mine & mentor wrote a beautiful book called “Hummingbird’s Daughter” & as part of #MotivationMonday I found myself drawing parallels between Luis’s work and my current disposition. Hummingbird’s daughter took Luis 20 years to write because of the depth of research required to dig deep and learn about his great aunt Teresita, known as The Saint of Cabora. I love that Luis is so meticulous about his work because I don’t feel so bad about the amount of time it takes me to work on my books. Nothing is finished or published yet, but it is the process that guides me, as it did when I took this #photograph . The idea of the #hummingbird seemed to be everywhere around me during this period when I literally and figuratively found myself in a valley in #Switzerland . The hill to my hotel was steep, but the view from the top, breathing in the fresh mountain air was beyond breathtaking. It seems our lives lead us towards those on a similar quest for significance & direction. Because I know James a little more intimate then some might, I know his relationship to the hummingbirds is representative of his memories of his childhood & grandmother, whom he loved very much. I had the pleasure of meeting Mitzie the year after I lost my own grandmother, who had raised me in the absence of my parents in #Romania . The year I lost her, I couldn’t afford to go to her funeral, but I was determined to go back and visit my extended family. Somehow, my quest for purpose & connection led me towards hummingbirds & I understood I am, in a way a hummingbird’s daughter too. James, in a way, is a son, because of his deep connection to his roots & family. The intricacies of our woven stories are sacred catalysts to creating great #art . For him #paintings , for me #writing , although I also paint myself. Nevertheless, I enjoy knowing that those on a quest take years to achieve their end game & my own anxieties about the research I am doing about my work are alleviated a bit. This journey brought me back to Romania for the first time in a decade. The quest isn’t over. #Journey#Art#Writing#JamesFranco
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