29 July 2014

Summer with Edith and Henry

"Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."- Henry James as quoted by Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance (1934)

(photograph by Erwin Blumenfeld)

Today I'd have to agree with Henry, it's quite beautiful here in the typically humid South.

27 July 2014


The LOVE cover with Christy Turlington just misses being a modern MATISSE.

Christy Turlington photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and styled by LOVE UK fashion director Panos Yiapanis. 

If only IT had a room with a view.

 Matisse Interior, Flowers and Parakeets 1924

"There are always flowers for those who want to see them."-Matisse

24 July 2014

the way to Decorate,

"Keith's spirit is reflected in so much of the house."
"It is truly personal, from the acres of books to the Southern art to Jon's collections of political memorabilia." -designer Courtney Coleman on Keith and Jon Meacham's Nashville home

the Meacham girls & their dog in their Belle Meade home's Entry Hall

read the full story by Julia Reed at Elle Decor here
 Photograph By William Waldron

(links for this story are in bold text)

22 July 2014

after Gertrude

“I am I because my little dog knows me.” Gertrude Stein
portrait of Alice Toklas ,1952.(probably with Basket II)

Dora Maar and her portrait of Alice B. Toklas by Michel Sima.

“I always say that you cannot tell what a picture really is or what an object really is until you dust it every day and you cannot tell what a book is until you type it or proof-read it. It then does something to you that only reading it never can do.” ― Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
(Stein wrote the book-posing as Alice-it turned out to be Stein's most popular and best selling work.)

When Gertrude Stein died in 1946 she left a portion of her estate to her Alice, her lifelong partner- along with paintings by Picasso. Together since 1907, the 39 year relationship wasn't recognized legally and while Alice was vacationing, Stein's relatives removed the paintings. She had been all things to Stein, living in the background as confidante, lover, cook, secretary, muse, editor, critic. To support herself, Toklas turned to friends and writing after the theft. The Alice Toklas Cookbook reflects on her life with Stein and includes her recipes as well. She lived for 21 years after Stein's death and died in poverty at the age of 89.
She said of Gertrude, “I am nothing, but a memory of her.”


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