Artwork to Room: Harmony in Blue and Gold

Why let my two passions be at odds with one another? In an attempt to meld them both while paying an homage to the dearly departed Domino (who didn't love their Outfit to Room feature?), I present: Artwork to Room. It's pretty self-explanatory, and more of a fun exercise in looking than a rhetorical visual analysis...obviously...*

Whistler's Peacock Room, or Harmony in Blue and Gold, now splendidly ensconced at the Freer Gallery, with its chatelaine, La Princesse du Pays de la Porcelaine (Princess from the Land of Porcelain). The story of this amazing room is a must-read.

A guest bedroom in the home of Kate and Andy Spade, who really require no introduction, via my unlabeled clippings (possibly Elle Decor).

* At least I thought it was self-explanatory. But one phone call from my mother later and I realized perhaps in this case I should have specifically explained that I am using the example of the Peacock Room, which is not a self-contained work of art per se, like a painting or a drawing or a sculpture, but rather a gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art to be examined in its totality. Oooh, now we're getting fancy. What I mean is that the whole room and every object in it, every aspect of its decor, was finely tuned by Whistler and the assembled elements, though they are many, constitute a single artwork which may then be compared the Kate Spade room I have selected as its counterpoint. Oh boy.



Anonymous Susan Adler Sobol said...


Blythe - As soon as I saw this I knew I had to go into my "files" and find a post that Courtney Barnes did on Style Court in 2008. I'm not sure you can click on the link above but check it out and scroll down to the 9/29-2008 post. You will immediately notice the artists' rendering (Mark Matusak in Michael S. Smith Houses, Rizzoli, New York, 2008) of a Michael Smith room which is a homage to the Peacock Room. You know how obsessed I am with Whistler's room and the amazing story of it's creation.

January 22, 2011 at 4:11 PM  
Anonymous Susan Adler Sobol said...

I can just see Sarah rolling her eyes -- "it's". Oops!

January 22, 2011 at 4:17 PM  
Blogger ma vie en rose said...

Oops, I thought I commented? Yes -- what a great example! And you know that I love this room and its story BECAUSE of you, right?

February 12, 2011 at 12:38 AM  
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