When late winter seems to drag on, it is unbelievably exhilarating to find inspiration in the form of brightly-colored flowers on a dreary February day in the city. I've spoken before of the link between color and emotion, which is undeniably apparent in the work of Henri Matisse (1869-1954), one of my constant sources of inspiration.
For this look in particular, I was inspired by the color combination used so very frequently in his works, the contrast of purple and yellow.
Matisse's use of these highly saturated, straight-from-the tube hues (a movement known as Fauvism during the first decade of the 20th century) characterizes his entire oeuvre, and inspired a league of artists who followed in his footsteps.
"There are always flowers for those who want to see them."
I'm wearing a vintage dress and belt, Topshop tights, leather boots from Joe Fresh, a Burberry trench, and a leather Dooney & Bourke tote.
These photos were taken by my friend Meri, who suggested this lovely flower shop on 28th Street as a backdrop.
I've extended the deadline to enter my recent giveaway of a beautiful red Shabby Apple dress! View the post here.
[Matisse images from painting-box.com, and princetonol.com, wikipaintings.org, famouspainters.org, respectively.]