21 June 2010

Symphony in White: Thank you The Style Saloniste

Many thanks to prolific interior design author Diane Dorrans Saeks for mentioning Porcelains and Peacocks in SAN FRANCISCO MAGAZINE, The Talk. Ms. Saeks who also writes the wonderfully esoteric blog The Style Saloniste (www.thestylesaloniste.com) recently penned the column Design blogs for people who don’t read Dwell in which she notes her favorite style blogs in the Bay Area. You can find her recommendations in the July issue of the magazine or on line at www.sanfranmag.com. In lieu of the white flowers that Ms. Saeks favors I offer the image of Symphony in White No. 2: The Little White Girl by American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834 -1903). The subject of the painting was Joanna Hiffernan (1843-after 1903), an Irish model who was romantically involved with Whistler. Hiffernan also posed for French Realist Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) in the painting Portrait of Jo (La belle Irlandaise). Whistler’s early work was influenced by his friendship with Courbet as can be seen in his self-portrait, Portrait of Whistler with Hat. It is believed that Hiffernan was the model for Courbet's erotic L’Origine du monde (The Origin of the World) ending the friendship between the two painters.

12 comments:

  1. Kendra, Congratulations, I love Diane! Your images are wonderful and I adore your taste!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thank you Karena, Diane has done so much for the design community in San Francisco. I am honored to be on her list. Best, Kendra

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi Kendra

    Congratulations! a well deserved honor for you.

    Your Symphony in White is so very elegant and beautiful!

    xxx

    Kit

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thank you Kit, I hope you are having a lovely second day of summer. Kendra

    ReplyDelete
  5. Author~ Thank you for all of your support! Best, Kendra

    ReplyDelete
  6. I agree...very deserved.Congratulations

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thank you SilentStoryteller, It is always nice to hear from Ireland. Best, Kendra

    ReplyDelete
  8. Kendra,

    I'm just so pleased to be included in such great company. Congrats!

    Cheers,
    Scot

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thank you Scot, I look forward to seeing you on the party circuit. Best, Kendra

    ReplyDelete
  10. Well deserved Kendra. Your blog is very special, and truly stands out.

    Congratulations!

    Cheers,

    Claudia

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thank you Claudia, I hope you are having a lovely Saturday. Best, Kendra

    ReplyDelete

Please leave a feather to add to our plumage: