Parade de cirque, Georges Seurat, 1887-1888, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
I don’t know why it took me so long to write this post. Usually, I always start with the moodboard but, this time, I kind of had a mental block.
As you might be able to tell from previous recipes, I’m a little obsessed with dots. But it doesn’t end with food, it extends to art and fashion.
One of my first aesthetic crushes was Le Cirque by Georges Seurat at the Orsay museum. I was in my early teens and therefore slightly shorter that now (;-)) and this huge painting really blew my mind…the colours, the movement, and of course the hundreds of thousands of dots that merge to form a picture as you step back. I just felt even smaller in front of such a masterpiece.
I do like other paintings by Seurat and other pointillists such as Signac and, to a lesser extent, Pissaro. But Le Cirque still beats them all, for me. However, I have included different paintings because the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York recently had the brilliant idea of making about 375,000 works of art available online and, best of all, free for anyone to use in whatever way they want (the nerd/fan inside me got really excited!).
I also couldn’t talk about polka dots without mentioning the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, so upbeat and hypnotising (see below).
So you might have guessed that you’ll see a lot more polka dots from me going forwards. I’ll just need to find an excuse to elaborate on that theme again ;-). Polka dots forever!
Mae Lapres photographed by Aitken Jolly for Interview Russia, 2012. Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton
Evening Calm, Concarneau, Opus 220, Paul Signac, 1891, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Outer Limits: Anniek Kortleve shot by Daniel Jackson for Vogue China, August 2012
Blueberry and Earl Grey clafoutis
Study for “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte”, Georges Seurat, 1884, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Coconut and redcurrant cake
By Eley Kishimoto