The rich colors and textures of Eugène Delacroix’s oil paintings still strike a chord with me – the dramatic scenes of men hunting on horseback contrasting with the intimate glimpses of Algerian interiors is a combination too luring to resist.
Traveling to Morroco and North Africa in 1832, shortly after Algeria was taken by the French, Delacroix was enamoured with the people and clothing and daily scenes that surrounded him. By far I love the paintings he made during this time most of all. These were some of the most inspiring when I starting looking for something to kickstart my ideas for new jewelry, along with the 1930’s drama, Algiers.
“Eugène Delacroix was a curious mixture of skepticism, politeness, dandyism, willpower, cleverness, despotism, and finally, a kind of special goodness and tenderness that always accompanies genius”.
I’m very excited about these bangles! Vincent Van Gogh has long been one of my favourite painters and I think that his style translates well into enamel. The saturated tones of his work and the extraordinary use of contrasting color and shape draws an immediate response from the viewer. There is an emotional content in Van Gogh’s work that resounds far beyond the subject matter. Who else could make a Cafe seem so charged with tension – or a night sky appear so hopeful and caressing and tranquil?
Van Gogh was actually considered a failure in his lifetime, and suffered from extreme anxiety and mental illness. He was very close with his brother, Theo, and though his letters, much insight into Vincent’s life was preserved. Vincent once explained that painting eased his anxiety and relieved his depression – and from looking at his later paintings, it is clear that Vincent was optimistic and concentrating on a healthy outlook. Many of his paintings from this time incorporated swirls – like the clouds in Starry Night.
It was only after his death that Van Gogh’s work became recognized as a foundation for modern art. His peers later described his work as “genius”, and when you peruse the list of most expensive paintings ever sold, Van Gogh’s “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” is in the top five.
The Starry Night bangles were made using watercolor enamels and crayon enamels. Both of these are applied like a person would use any other watercolor or pencil, but are fired into the surface just like a powdered enamel. The addition of rutilated quartz cabochons by stone cutter Greg Genovese, brings out the golden, glimmering effect of the 24 Karat gold foil stars.
The next set in the works is Monet’s Waterlilies . . . Do you have a favourite Impressionist that you would like to see in bangle-form? Please leave a comment with your suggestions!
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