Mona Lisa of the North

One of my favorite baroque’s painters is one Dutch, Johannes Vermeer or Jan Vermeer  van Delft (1632-1675), in my opinion a genius of his time, a master of light. His paintings are games of light and shadows used on canvas with techniques used today in photography. The realistic of his paintings is remarkable, the colors are so alive, you almost can feel the insight of each character, allowing to the viewer to enter beyond the earthly texture of the painting. The scenes are in front of your eyes, after so many years, present, full of life and substance. You almost sense the air of that century, you become a part of the action. All Vermeer’s paintings are exquisite but, for me, one is a masterpiece.

The mysterious “girl with a pearl earring” is one of world’s most valuable paintings.  Those big, dreamy eyes, that hidden sensuality are creating an aura of mystery more powerful, I think, than the smile of Da Vinci’s Monalisa. The Nordic traits mixed with an exotic turban are making of this painting one of the most interesting creation of baroque period. Who is that girl? It is a question without answer yet. Some said she was the daughter of Vermeer but it was rejected this theory. At the time when this painting was made Maertge , Vermeer’s daughter, was just 11 years old.

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Also a novel appeared in 1999 telling us an interesting story about how the painting was made. The fiction was written by Tracy Chevalier , an American  historical  novelist. The book “Girl with a Pearl Earring”   was a real success and in 2003, a movie with the same name, appeared on big screens. The girl with the earring, Griet, was interpreted by Scarlett Johansson.

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“Girl with pearl earring” is named also “Monalisa of the North” because of its similarity of Renaissance’s masterpiece. But, in the same time, the difference is big because Vermeer’s painting gives us a character that seems to be alive, more sensual than Gioconda,  with a smile that hides more secrets.

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Simply …Frida

The best known Mexican female painter is, no doubt, Frida Kahlo. She was born in 1907 in Coyoacan (Mexico).

Frida was a revolutionary woman of her time, a feminist, a visionary. She was a representative image of the surrealism but also of naïf art. Her life would have a major impact on her paintings, the works of art being like pieces of her everyday moments, capturing the essence of her soul, of her exterior and interior image.

She is best known for her self-portraits, placing the image of Frida-the model- in a fantastic landscape full of hidden meanings and symbols. She said that: “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best”.

It is also seen in her art the love for Mexican culture and traditions that she will evocate until her last breath.

Frida Kahlo had a life of physical illness that will seal her destiny and her path as an artist. From age of six she contracted polio that caused her a lot of problems. But the destiny played with her when she had a terrible car incident when Frida was only 17 years old. Her body was badly damaged and will remain like that for the rest of her life. She will abandon her medical studies but the mark of these scientific inclinations will be seen in the major part of her paintings.

Her art was also influenced by her husband, the painter Diego Rivera. Frida and Diego were married two times and both marriages were tumultuous due to the unstable intimate life.

Her art was not promoted until 1980’s by the new artistic Mexican style called Neomexicanismo, “a slightly surreal, somewhat kitsch and postmodern version of Social Realism that focused on popular culture rather than history” (Wikipedia; The Free Encyclopedia).

In 2002, the actress Salma Hayek gave life to this unique arist in the movie „Frida”.

With every article, movie, exibit or only the simple wispering of her name, the personality and strange but also amzing art of this strong woman will became part of our existence.

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Frida…2013

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I was wearing a violet dress by “Culture”, red dress by “Gudrun Sjoden”  (www.gudrunsjoden.com) , roses for the hair from „Agnes Toma” (www.agnestoma.ro), no name jewels an pink belt.

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V for Vintage

Bonjour , I am Andreea.

I always felt different . I am not a woman of my era. I love classical painters, the old poetry, fabulous historical and fictional characters,  black and white movies and vintage outfits. This will be my blog . I will tell you stories  and  I will try to bring to life  all this beautiful „images” of the past. You are welcome if you share the same passion for vintage and, if you don’t, I hope that you will fell 

...and this is me :)in love with it.

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