Inspiration during the dead of winter can come in the form of color. Or scent. Or both.
In this case, the color of green, with its many tints and shades, represents life and renewal- something we cling to when the extreme cold and snow/ice so totally control our lives.
Who is in the mood for green? Chartreuse? A big smile?
Esteban Vicente’s Garden, 1998, sure fits the bill!
Just looking at it makes us smile. Garden, 1998 was painted when Vicente was 95 years old.
Esteban Vicente was born in 1903 in a small Spanish town named Turegano. His father was an army officer whose passion was art. He took his children (who dreaded those trips) every Sunday afternoon to the Museo del Prado, where they were exposed to some of the finest European works of art. Vicente began to draw when he was sixteen, entered the army as expected, but only lasted three months there. After studying sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando for three years, he went out on his own. For the next twelve years, he practiced his craft in Madrid, Paris and Barcelona before moving to New York in 1936.
He lived in New York for the rest of his long life. He was included in the New York School of Abstract Expressionism, along with De Kooning, Pollock, Rothko and Newman, and was chosen to participate in the significant exhibitions of their works. Vicente also spent a good deal of time teaching at prestigious art institutions in the U.S.
We chose the lively and lovely Perle de Mousse as our green muse. Created for jeweler Ann Gerard by the esteemed nose, Bertrand Duchaufour, Perle de Mousse is one of three creations that Ann commissioned to extend her artistic quests from jewelry into a new medium.
Perle de Mousse opens with the color green in the form of galbanum (along with sparkling aldehydes), green mandarin and bergamot. You can immediately picture yourself out in a grassy field on a lovely spring day, an ode to green moss (mousse in French).
Lily of the valley, rose, geranium and jasmine make their delicate appearance, but the scent actually stays fairly constant throughout. Its dry down remains faithful to its green color, with soft, amber/musky accents.
It is a happy, optimistic scent with good longevity and sillage.
Spring is on its way!