In preparation for St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve decided to inspire the masses with a couple of ways to add a little green to their lives. In the final days leading up to St. Patty’s/Paddy’s Day, I’ll be featuring one category per post. Today’s category is art.
If you don’t have art in your house, you’re definitely gross and uncultured so you should probably fix that pronto. If you’re into the whole minimalist thing then just by a book of art and put it on your coffee table. Little tip: make sure you’re familiar with the works in the book before you let any company over.
It’s easy to be impressive when you have great copies of famous paintings in your house. Sometimes it’s best to stick to “safe” artists that everyone will recognize. This will not only make you look good, but it will also make your friends and family feel like they’re smart because they recognize the art on your wall.
Degas and Monet have the most green pieces to choose from, are the most pleasing to the eye (in my humble opinion), and are likely the most recognizable. Any of Monet’s watery bridge pictures are safe. Japanese Bridge (The Waterlily Pond) is probably his most famous work but if you want something slightly different than the norm, I’d go with Irises II.
Degas’ The Green Dancer works nicely in a feminine household. Same with his Rehearsal of the Scene. These impressionist works along with Monet’s would really grab attention in a sparse room. However, something like Manet’s Lilacs in a Vase has the same effect without stealing the show.
If you like plant life, may I suggest these botanical framed prints? I have some sketches from a botanical calendar that I framed (okay my mom framed them for me) and hung on my wall. They’re low key yet sophisticated in their own way.
Van Gogh has plenty of works to chose from. Sticking with still life, his Vase with Roses is a good, unique choice that not everyone will recognize off the bat. His painting, Irises, is also a good choice as well as his Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear if your goal is to intrigue/horrify all of your guests. But I would stick with something like Cineraria in a Flowerpot just to play it safe.
If you’re the type who doesn’t have time for classic paintings and portraits I would go with something a little more fun. Maybe this cover of The New Yorker magazine from June 1960. Everyone likes a little bit of tennis, right? If not, maybe try this sweet and somber French cover of Amelie. Oui? Maybe you’re the bizarre type and would prefer this cover of Bazaar magazine. Scary lady? Check. Green butterfly? Also check.
Lastly, if you’re into the ocean then these might be right up your alley. The ocean is both masculine and feminine, so pieces with this theme would be perfect in any home. Take Lia Melia’s awesome wave paintings. I love Songs of Melusina 4. If you like the female form then I would go with Clare Elsaesser’s Married to the Sea or Raphael Kirchner’s Mayflyes. But if mermaids and bathing beauties aren’t your thing, you might like the simplicity and realism of George Dmitriev’s The Moon and the Sea.
If you don’t like any of the above mentioned works, you’re wrong and I hate you.
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These are beautiful! I really like George Dmitriev’s The Moon and the Sea and Van Gogh’s Vase with Roses. 🙂
They are indeed! You have good taste m’lady!
I liked some, loved one and was so so about the rest. Does this spare me your glare of disdain?
Oh totally. I think it would be hard to like all of them. Some are very different. Nice one, Addie.
We have a couple of Mucha’s hanging in the living room.
That’s gotta be worth something.
Ooooh I love Mucha! Such a beautiful style. Nothing like pictures of pretty ladies!
I LOVE the old magazine covers!
Yeah they’re pretty cool, right? I don’t know where you could find them, but I’m sure they’re online somewhere!
Ooooh, I like The Moon and the Sea.
It makes me feel lost.
Yeah that seems to be a popular one. Kind of peaceful, yet powerful. You like feeling lost?
I had the Japanese Bridge hanging in my room when I was a little girl. I also had a poster of the Beastie Boys in there too. Quite a collection.
Oh nice! Sounds like you were extremely cultured even at a young age. I wonder what kind of posters C will have? Haha
The Moon and the Sea is astonishing. The waves are incredible. I’d never heard of it before, so thanks for sharing. I’ll have to look into some more of his work!
Glad you liked that one Lance! I was really impressed as well. The more a painting looks like a photograph, the more I respect the artist. No prob! Yeah he has other, similar great works! 🙂
Excellent post. We’ve got some Van Gogh prints in our humble abode.. I enjoyed all of your artwork. Great selection.
Oooh lovely! Van Gogh is one of the greats. I remember seeing an exhibit of his in Chicago and mom my got teary eyed. Have you ever listened to the song Vincent by Don McLean? It’s a sweet one.
Thanks for your kind words!
Ahh I forgot about that song. You’re an old soul Ms. Lily.
Hah thanks! I love when people tell me that 😀
“If you don’t have art in your house, you’re definitely gross and uncultured so you should probably fix that pronto.”
Classic Lily Morgan.
That’s right! Just me, being my mean self. Glad you approve!
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Ooohh! I love Degas and Monet. I went to Monet’s garden last year and it is literally the most peaceful, beautiful place on earth. I wish I was super rich and I’d definitely be one of those awful people who buys all the beautiful art and keeps it to themselves.
Thanks lovely lady! You’re a gem!
That’s so cool that you went there! It’s Giverny or something, right? I’m totally there with you. I have the same dream of being rich and living in the lap of luxury. I feel like if we joined forces, we would have a super pimped out house with tons of art, a huge library, and a peaceful garden. I feel it.
Mannn yeah, we would. Plus both our partners are called Paul, so they could do boring Paul-stuff together while we drink cocktails and lounge around on fancy old chaise loungers.
Man I wish I was rich.
I legitimately laughed about “do boring Paul-stuff” because it’s so true. They would!
Green is one of my favorite colours (same colour as my eyes) and I adore this series of art. The ballerina’s particularly interested me due to my new hobby 🙂
Ahh green eyes are so cool and rare. I never see people with green eyes. Oh, I love the ballerinas as well. Are you taking ballet classes?
I am taking beginner ballet classes. Flashbacks to my youth! So much fun though.
I forgot how much I love the color green…. So beautiful! I really like your pictures : ) thought of you especially, lily when I ran across a lush spa few days ago! I must have seen it before and forgot it was there? Now you’ll have a great excuse to visit NYC!
Awesome! Thanks Emily! I’ve been dying to try out a Lush spa but they don’t have any near me! So cool that you saw one and thought of me! I’ll definitely have to visit NYC soon! Reason enough!