February 14, 2012

Art Inspired: Matisse, Woman In A Purple Coat

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When I was in my teens I loved the lighter, softer colors of Matisse's earlier paintings, but lately I have warmed up to Woman In A Purple Coat, (a painting I used to think was a bit gaudy and not very pretty). This piece was one of Matisse's most developed works in his decorative style, part of the last group of oil paintings he completed before he switched exclusively to paper cut-outs in the 1950s. The saturated colors couldn't be more on trend for SS2012 if they tried!

p.s. Sorry for the late art inspired fashion post today, honestly I couldn't decide on the shoes...aren't I a typical woman on Valentine's Day?

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Happy Valentine's Day style lovers!

p.s. {Craving more art inspired fashion? There are 36 more artist/fashion posts on the right hand index--enjoy!}


Details: Maxmara purple coat $980; Prabal Gurung Ruffled Blouse $1,150; Lord & Taylor 14 Kt. Yellow Gold Heart Locket Pendant, $375; Sergio Rossi Royal Blue Suede Cork Wedges $400; J Brand Skinny jean $330; Mary Jo Matsumoto 4FREE Beach Comber Trio, $36; Betsey Johnson Yellow Flower Stud Earrings.

27 comments :

Eat. Live. Laugh. and sometimes shop! said...

Gorgeous!! I *need* those gorgeous wedges! I'm rockin' {if I do say so myself} hot pink skinny cords. It may be a little trite today, but I'm always a sucker for pink!

Little Rus said...

Gorgeous outfit! I think you picked a gorgeous pair of shoes to complete it.
Happy Valentine's Day, Mary Jo!
xxx

rolala said...

I love the vibrant colors of Matisse's work and this is perfectly inspired. It's making me wish I wore something brighter today now. Happy Valentine's Day Mary Jo!

classiq said...

The wedges are absolutely gorgeous! Happy Valentine's Day, Mary Jo! xo
Ada

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

such perfect inspiration...that coat is fab but I'm swooning over the skinnies! xo

Kimia Kline said...

happy valentines day! and what a perfect painting :)

Maria-Thérèse ~ www.afiori.com said...

Former art history student and all, I've never seen that painting before! Wonderful! I've probably said so a million times but I really admire your ability to put together outfits based on something... else, like this!!

Alexa said...

Ah you pulled it together so incredibly well! Love the purple and teal together.

Heather Fonseca said...

Love those saturated colors!

dimitri said...

It's a very nice inspiration. I love Matisse, it's a genious.
Great outfit. These pieces are so lovely.
xo

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Just stunning, I always loved the colours from this painting. I hadn't really seen anyone with a purple coat before, so I was always drawn to it!! Now I see them everywhere, but at the time, not one. She looked like a lady at ease and confidence in a way..as ladies should. Adore the clothes choices, that frilly top is so exquisite!! xox p.s. what a shame you didn't get to use the guitar, it's a great instrument!

The Blonde Duck said...

Love that coat!

Glam Fashionista said...

Great inspiration, Love the coat and the skinnies.

LPC said...

Wonderful. Why hasn't someone recreated that coat, line for line!

Tabitha said...

That's glorious Mary Jo, oh and I might e wearing that pink dress when I meet you! Oh and I love your new pink snake print bags, I'm such a big fat non achiever next to you!

Alexis Grace said...

Now that is a lot of color!!!! What a fun inspiration :)

Christel @ Captivated by image said...

Haha yes that's typically women behaviour indeed, sounds familiar;) I love the colors in the painting but the paintings itself feels very bold. I like that you've translated the woman into a modern version with this outfit.

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I actually have always loved the lighter, softer Matisse paintings as well but I am definitely drawn to this. It's so bold and I just love the combination of vibrant colors.

This look is just perfect! All the way to the tips :)

xoxo

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Love that painting!!!
The purple trench looks amazing- great color!!!
Hope you had a fabulous Valentines Day!!!!
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Katherine said...

Loved this post! You picked the perfect colors for that artwork - love love the purple trench <3

Claire said...

gorgeous color combo! i love purple with aqua and the bright blue wedges are the perfect addition! i have a pair of skinnies in that aqua color. can't wait til i can really fit them again!!!

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badBarbara said...

I love the necklace!
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Not Just A Pretty Dress said...

I would love to wear the outfit is the woman portrayed by Matisse, the colours are so vibrant! Mary Jo, you presented us with another beautiful ensemble and the trench, wedges and earring are my favorite pieces!

kristina said...

i love this painting and i love what you chose, so awesome!!
xoxo

quintessence said...

I LOVE this series - totally inspired, as is this pairing. Even though I don't wear purple, I most definitely appreciate it!

Tisha Loves Updo Hairstyles said...

I am loving the inspiration behind your outfit! I never thought of looking at art in this light but after seeing your article, it totally makes sense!

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

I love that painting and your outfit creation is BEAUTIFUL!!! :D
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