La Blouse Roumaine … the best known Romanian IA

First of all, few know that French painter Henri Matisse was one of the first to capture the beauty of the Romanian traditional blouse simply called IE. Althoughhe painted and draw many sketches of the Romanian IA, his painting called La Blouse Roumaine is the best known one. It’s an oil-on-canvas painting dated 1940. It measures 92 × 73 cm and is held at the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris.

La Blouse Roumaine - Henri Matisse
Henri Matisse paintings – 1. La Blouse Roumaine (1940) 2. Peasant blouse (1936) 3. La Hongroise a la blouse verte

It took Matisse few years to show the world his Romanian paintings. There were hundreds trials and sketches before there was a Romanian blouses collection. There are plenty of Romanian symbols used in the traditional IA embroidery.

“Each work of art is a collection of signs invented during the picture’s execution to suit the needs of their position. Taken out of the composition for which they were created, these signs have no further use.” (Henri Matisse)

Henri Matisse - Romanian IA
Few sketches of Romanian IAs by Henri Matisse. The second (middle) sketch called “Femme à la blouse roumaine” (1943) was drawn in Vence was sold by Christie’s in 2011 to a private collector for $191,951. 

Henri Matisse, Theodor Pallady and the Romanian IA

Furthermore, even fewer know that Matisse’s Romanian paintings were inspired by a collection of traditional blouses he received as a gift from Theodor Pallady. Pallady was and still is one of most famous Romanian painters of all times. Matisse had been friend with Pallddy for many years when he got this gift. They met around 1892, in Paris, in Gustave Moreau’s studio were they were working along with Georges Rouault and Albert Marquet.

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Henri Matisse – 1. Woman Seated in an Armchair, (1940); 2. Still Life With Sleeper (1940)

Matisse’s interest in oriental themes first emerged in the 1920s when he began to express an interest in the interplay of ornamental patterns. This fascination with decorative designs is seen in these works and it will remain with Matisse till the end of his life.

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Henri Matisse – 1. La Blouse payssane 2. The Dream (1940)

Noteworthy is that in 2012 New York Metropolitan Museum of Art opened “Matisse: In Search of True Painting.” Vogue magazine called it “the eye-opening new exhibition”.  The star painting of the exhibition was Matisse’s voluptuous called “The Dream” (1940), another portrait of a woman sleeping and wearing a Romanian traditional blouse.

Falling in love with colors …

As one would expect from such a great artist as Matisse, his style evolved throughout time, yet he kept the traditional costume as a source of inspiration and ideas. I’m no art expert, but my feeling is that the generous color palette of the Romanian IAs had something to do with this. Matisse’s own personal beliefs about the use of color are most noteworthy:

“Seek the strongest color effect possible… the content is of no importance.

“The use of expressive colors is felt to be one of the basic elements of the modern mentality, an historical necessity, beyond choice.”

“A certain blue enters your soul. A certain red has an effect on your blood-pressure.”

“Color helps to express light, not the physical phenomenon, but the only light that really exists, that in the artist’s brain.”

“Drawing is of the spirit; color is of the senses.”

Henri Matisse
Henri Matisse – 1. La Gerbe (1953) 2. Stained glass, Chapel of the Rosary (Vence) 

In conclusion …

Matisse and Pallady’s friendship lasted a lifetime. What neither one of them imagined is that their admiration for our national blouse will turn years later Romanian IA into a fashion icon… and that’s my next story all about! In the meantime, I do invite you to read read other articles I’ve published about the Romania IAs.

sursa : chakana.me

Cristina David

God is Great – God is Good

„I had the revelation that apart from God there is no truth. More truths, I say, related to God, equals no truth. And if the truth is one, being transcendent in essence, its headquarters is neither in science, nor in philosophy, nor in art.– (Petre Țuțea”” This wonderful man who was not just very intelligent, he also was knowledgeable in many fields of activity: philosopy, law, writing, theology.

Am avut revelaţia că în afară de Dumnezeu nu există adevăr. Iar dacă adevărul este unul singur, fiind transcendent în esenţă, sediul lui nu e nici în ştiinţă, nici în filozofie, nici în artă.

The truth is, God is in charge and control of His infinite Creation, whoever believes that there is no God, is mistaken , they will be deprived of the purest Joy of living and of Love among people. LOVE is the link to the whole Universe and gives it harmony and beauty.

May God bless you all!

Cristina David

Optimism versus Pessimism

Life is worth living when we make it beautiful. It all depends on us : what we think, what we do what we like and what we believe in.

Photo – online

A positive thinking, everyone should know, makes us see the full half of the glass, not the empty one. That means a lot! It helps to think positively and not negatively. Our perceptions are made up of our thoughts and beliefs, therefore I believe that some pessimistic persons, through some conscientious effort to develop the ability to view the world from a positive point of view. It is often contrasted with learned helplessness. By challenging negative self-talk and replacing pessimistic thoughts with more positive ones, people can learn how to become more optimistic. And I totally agree with that! First of all, our health will benefit from changing our trend of thought , that’s good incentive. Now it is your turn to agree…

Being optimistic is a matter of opinion. Although, optimism is important because we live in a world of negativity and pessimism. Optimism is good to see and manifest because it brings „light into a world of darkness”. A lot of people need to see and experience optimism to lift their spirits and feel good about life.

Another weekend is approaching us and I wish you a blessed one!

Cristina David

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

Live simply

Love generously

care deeply

Speak kindly

And leave the rest to God.

„Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways” (128:1 Psalm)

He who says that life is not easy, is right…and he who says that life is easy and beautiful, is also right. It all depends on the way one chooses to go along and the choices one makes. One’s will and determination not to stop in spite of all the obstacles they meet along the way will be winners because the Lord cares for them and accompanies them all through their life. After all, each day is a divine gift, a git from Heaven and we need to be grateful.

Cristina David