Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Trending Lately : Flemish Art

My favorite type of art is dark, moody, Flemish portraiture.  It reminds me of one of my favorite pieces of work, ever, Ruben's Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria (what a mouthful!):

My mom took me to the National Gallery in DC when I was a kid and this was the first painting I ever stopped and stared at.  The detail in her dress is and was amazing.  Stopped me in my tracks.  It's so realistic you can almost tell what kind of shimmery taffeta it is.

Anyways, back to decorating. Have you noticed the Flemish portraiture trend going on in decorating today?  So many Dutch masters and the like in the spreads today.  It makes for the perfect contrast to the squeaky clean white movement also going on right now.


And it adds quite a suitable level of depth to already dramatic and dark rooms.

And then of course the literal translation. Too much?

Are you a fan?

I sure am!


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  1. I like seeing modern furniture with old world art as much as traditional furniture with modern art.

  2. it's not for me - but i can see why people love em'

  3. OK, as usual, you are teaching me something. No, I had no idea this was a trend. I bet I will see it everywhere, now. I like it, it feels like old family treasures.

  4. I am so crazy for the Dutch Masters. Last year we were lucky enough to have a borrowed exhibit at our local art gallery for the year. I had the pleasure of introducing my kids to it and I was thrilled to see them stop in their tracks and stare. I adore the look!!!

  5. I'm on the fence about this grandmother has some pretty creepy pieces!

  6. so beautiful! I love that first piece, too!

  7. Love Dutch and Flemish artists, Vermeer is my favorite -- girl with a pearl earring (which was a book and a movie) has to be one of my all time favs. Great post!

  8. Just discovered your blog and love it! Thanks for taking us all to DC for the holidays!
    xx Liz and Lo {}

  9. Huge fan. Love this post! Been collecting art since college and I especially gravitate towards portraiture and still lifes. When my mother took me to New York for the first time it was the collection at the Frick that stopped me in my tracks and set me on a collecting path. I think Masters-style paintings are timeless.


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