One of our biggest sources of inspiration is always art. We believe that art from centuries before informs our preferences today. We found ways to explore the world's greatest museums from the comfort of our homes. Below, each team member picks their favorite pieces from the virtual tours.
Pick a tour below:
J. Paul Getty Museum:
The Musée d'Orsay is the national museum of fine and applied arts located in the center of Paris. It is home to the most famed works of French artists, such as the Van Gogh Self-Portrait by Vincent van Gogh and Blue Water Lilies by Claude Monet. Aside from the impressive array of paintings, sculptures and photographs inside, the museum is known for its unique building structure. Formerly the Gare d’Orsay railway station and hotel, the Musée d'Orsay was remodeled in the 1980s but kept unique parts of the railway station, such as the iron and glass vault. The building itself is a work of art. The beloved museum typically has more than three million visitors annually, yet under these unprecedented circumstances of self-isolation, the Musée d'Orsay has so kindly provided us a virtual visiting platform to view the famed art. Below are some of my favorite pieces that inspire my everyday life and the SENLIS brand. Visit their website for more.
Edgar Degas, The Ballet Class
This painting reminds me of my childhood as a young, enthusiastic ballet dancer. I love the sternness of the teacher and the personalities of the young dancers on the sidelines.
Claude Monet, Blue Water Lilies
Flowers are part of the SENLIS DNA, so instinctively we draw our inspiration from gardens and fields of flowers. Personally deemed his “greatest masterpiece,” Monet’s garden and its pond were his main source of inspiration for this painting and others. I love the free brushstrokes which give the landscape a more abstract aesthetic and the limited frame has me curious as to what lies in the other sections of the pond.
Anonymous, Claude Monet in front of his House at Giverny
This photograph is remarkable because it was taken in 1921 and the color was produced using the autochrome technique for color reproduction. This process, which involves using a glass plate with a thin wash of tiny potato starch grains dyed red, green, and blue, brought out the vibrance and depth of the flowers in Monet’s impeccable garden.
The British Museum
Founded in 1753, the British Museum is home to a permanent collection of approximately 8 million works making it one of the largest and most comprehensive museums. The collection had been widely sourced during the British Empire and since then, has only grown in size and categories. Located in London, the elaborate building serves as a public institution for all citizens and does not charge admission fees. You can visit their website here for more information.
Barbara Hepworth, Winged Figure - Brass, 1957
These line drawings are simple and beautiful. These series talks about how drawing captures the spirit and energy of a first thought rather than a two-dimensional blueprint of a three-dimensional work. I love that this is the first step to a thought, it feels like the viewer gets let in on a secret project!
Piet Mondrian, Tree Study, 1913
This drawing sparked my interest particularly due to the geometric nature of the drawing. When we think of the natural world, we normally use curved lines to express it. The artist notably used nature to help refine his appreciation for formal relationships. This makes me wonder about his headspace… to him, nature consisted of many small, interconnected rigid lines. I wonder how he came to that conclusion and how that influenced his relationships.
Sarakatsani costume from Alexandroupolis northern Greece, early 1900s
I love looking at historical costumes. Every museum I go, that’s always my favorite part. I think this costume in particular is interesting with the detailed embroidery and accents around the neck. The bottom half of the uniform is an interesting pleated skirt. This skirt consists of many jewel tone shiny ribbon weaves throughout and extensive use of zig-zagged lines. The tiered ruffle skirt style is a beautiful and intricate piece that nods at many trends today.
The Getty Museum
The Getty Museum located in Los Angeles is known for its abundance of art, architecture, and garden views. This museum is one of the best in the US and is home to works made from the 1830s to present day. Visit their website here.
Mind of the Master is an exhibition of lesser known drawings and studies by Michelangelo including designs for some of his most famous works. I was drawn to these pieces because of their detail and intent. We are all examining our habits and bodies in perhaps as much detail as we ever have, suddenly noting on a daily basis how many times we touch our faces, door handles, countertops, each other…
I admire Michelangelo’s ability to commit himself to studying the human form, repeatedly, from the inside out - starting with skeletal and bone structures, intense examinations of arms and hands, only advancing to the whole once he fully understands and perfects each part. I think during this time we can all bring a little of this intention into our lives, noticing the small things, examining what we find in daily life in fine detail and with much appreciation for its beauty.