A slightly Fauvist Christmas
On the third day of Christmas Sweaters,
The Eighties gave to me:
A bow and beaded holly--
|Twelve knit poinsettias...|
|...and a white, sequined icicle frieze!|
I just started getting them to look okay, so I'm doing variations on them a lot lately! Since the 40s look was popular in the 80s, I tend to blend these decades a little, to soften the decade that took Joan Crawford's power shoulders and dialed them up to 11.
But, more on the sweater--when I saw this at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar a month or so ago, I was first drawn to the color, as a lot of Christmas sweaters come in your basic black or white.
|Blue + Red, Red + Gold, Green + Blue, etc-- not exactly naturalistic representations of a holiday staple!|
But I was hooked by the sequin bow detailing, and even more so by the really well-done color-contrasted beading, which looks a little like a Fauvist artist got a hold of some holly leaves.
|Henri Matisse, Portrait of Mme. Matisse (1906)|
Fauvists (trans. "wild beasts") spurned traditional, "realistic" representation
and favored the bold use of color as a way to bring attention to the act of painting,
and even to the paint itself.
|Henri Matisse, Woman with a Hat (1905)|
It was a short-lived movement, but you're probably familiar
with its most famous member.