It’s Salazar‘s turn to curate the next Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and she chose a classic: The Chocolate Girl, ca. 1743-44, by Swiss artist Jean-Étienne Liotard. The Chocolate Girl is considered Liotard’s masterpiece, and I can see why. There’s a quiet strength in this painting; the more you gaze at the painting, the more there is to see. The muted colors and mix of textures are lovely.
When I first saw the painting, I thought, “This reminds me of the cover for the book Longbourn.” (Longbourn, written by Jo Baker and published in 2013, is a revisioning of Pride and Prejudice, told mostly from the viewpoint of a maid-servant, Sarah, in the Bennet household.) So when I looked on my bookshelf, lo and behold, this painting IS the foundation for the book’s cover! Also, check out this Literary Stylings post, in which my outfit was inspired by that book (and I also posed with the book). So many sartorial overlaps! 🙂
So how do you participate in SIA challenges? It’s easy, and bloggers and non-bloggers are encouraged to join in. All you need to do is take a picture of an outfit inspired by this week’s art piece — flat lays and selfies are just fine, as well — and send to this week’s curator, Salazar @ firstname.lastname@example.org, by next Monday, Oct 17. Salazar will post the round-up the next day on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.