Time for the next Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and it’s my time to curate! I chose Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s famous oil painting, Young Girl Reading (also known as The Reader), ca. 1770. This painting has always had a soft spot in my heart, and I got to see this painting in real life a few years ago at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
I love the painting because of its subject matter — OBVIOUSLY. I am a librarian, and I am not made of stone. 😉
I also thought it would also be good for an SIA challenge because of its soft colors (soft yellow or gold, lilac or dusky rose, white, and even a greenish tinge on the walls) and textures. It’s such a lovely painting, capturing a quiet, private kind of moment I think we can all relate to.
You can read more about the painting here and more about the artist here. Apparently, it’s one of a series Fragonard painted, each one painted very quickly. Scans have also revealed that he originally painted the young girl’s face as facing forward toward the audience — but I’m glad he changed that! I think the painting has more resonance with the girl absorbed in her book, and like we, the audience, are peeking into a private moment.
So how do can you participate in this week’s SIA challenge? Everyone is welcome to participate in SIA challenges, bloggers and non-bloggers alike. Just send a picture of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA choice (flat lays and selfies also okay) to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by next Monday, May 16, 10 p.m. PST. I will post the round-up the following morning on my blog.