30 June 2011


self portrait 1939.

(née Lucy Renée Mathilde Schwob)

Claude Cahun was object and  subject of her photographs.
She was exploring-Self.

 Claude Cahun, self portrait 1929.

Today we project words like-
But it was Self  for Claude.

 Claude Cahun, self portrait 1927.

Nothing could be more full an introduction to Claude and the exhibition than this video by the curators François Leperlier and Juan Vicente Aliaga.
You will be captivated.
at Jeu de Paume:

I think it speaks volumes that the lady left her body of work to be unearthed. No bequests- No Expectations. 
Only Self.

Jeu de Paume read more here


my other faults


“If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself you should say: 
"He obviously does not know me very well, since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned" Epictetus



photograph by WOLF SUSCHITZKY more here


29 June 2011

how we SEE


a collection of photographs, images, paintings, screen-shots- what do they mean?

Do we take each image in its own right?
Link it to one-we prefer? or disdain?

How do we SEE them?
In context, out of context?

Do we see ART?
Do we see the Painting as ART more so than the Photograph? the movie still?

If we know
where or
who or
what-does it make us SEE differently?

How do we see the body in a painting? In a photograph? On the screen?
Are we forced to go beyond the surface to comment of say-the beautiful light, the brushwork, the fame or failure of the artist?  Do we linger over the great works on canvas as we do over a great photograph?
I wonder.  Say why you like the picture-  here at Red Mug, Blue Linen.

The Bathers, Henry Scott Tuke,1888
Henry Scott Tuke, 1897
The Companion, Henry Scott Tuke
The Bathers Resting , Paul Cezanne
various torsos
The Lake Scene from Room with a View
The Bathers, Seurat
Scene from YSL film shot by Bruce Weber
The Bathers, John Singer Sargent
The Bathers, Woodstock 1969
The Bathers, Paul Cezanne

consider the topic here at Red Mug, Blue Linen.

26 June 2011

when straw calls: O'Toole


 Peter O'Toole in The Last Emperor

 I watched Peter O'Toole in a movie called Coming Home-an adaptation of Rosamunde Plicher novel encompassing the period just before the second World War-its devastation and aftermath. O'Toole always has the power to mezmerize in any scene.
His eyes. It's his eyes-that speak whatever a script might ask of an actor. He is has that thing many actors lack- the ability to make Magic. The movie, from 1998, is quite good, with Joanna Lumley beautifully portraying  O'Toole's wife and Kiera Knightley being introduced to movie audiences for the first time.
Watch it, but watch it for O'Toole.

the movie is available for instant viewing on Netflix here.


23 June 2011

Anatomy of a HOUSE


My clients have been in their House for about 4 months & as she says-"it's beginning to look like Home,"-that is always music to My ears. I dropped in today to put some flowers together for an event at the house and took some photographs.

Some rooms are wanting- Some want for nothing.
It is a process.

Here in PIECES- the House that is becoming a Home.

Where will this chair be in another 6 months?
just Wait & See.


22 June 2011

in blue jeans


"Woman Begging with Two Children"

No discovery or great uncovering this exhibition-but I found the paintings to be of such loveliness that I could not put them in your sights. The linking of textiles of the past to present is always of great interest here and nothing could be more interesting than the exhibition of seven late 17th century Italian paintings showing the subjects dressed in denim. The fabric made at the time in Genoa and was called by the French name for that city, Gênes. The paintings are thought to be the work of a single, unknown artist,Imagine that! “The Master of the Blue Jeans” was organized by Gerlinde Gruber, a curator at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, for Galerie Canesso in Paris.

"A Beggar Boy with a Piece of Pie"

  "Woman Sewing with Two Children"

  "A Frugal Meal with Two Children"

"Frugal Meal"

"Woman Spinning with Two Children"

"The Barber's Shop"

as I always say "there is nothing new under the 17th century sun.


21 June 2011



"Summer afternoon - 
Summer afternoon... the two most beautiful words in the English language."
Henry James

photograph by Lucinda Lambton 
World of Interiors, July,1992

& on this first day of Summer a birthday wish to ELizabeth- 28 years today.

Vogue June,1972



Anna & the internet




20 June 2011

& this

the beauty of paper


Maureen Footer is not a new name to the blog-I've had the pleasure to meet her and interview her. I am thrilled to see the current issue of Traditional Home featuring her project on Cape Cod.
It is everything Maureen is-sharp, smart, authentic.

See the entire project here at Traditional Home
read the about Maureen at little augury  here.

 images from the traditional home site

more views of the project on Maureen's website here.

 I first heard the name Ann Bonfoey Taylor from Charlotte Moss this Spring during a long conversation-from which an interview will emerge- at some point. I promise. She had just returned from Phoenix to see the collection of couture clothing belonging to Anne Bonfoey Taylor : Fashion Independent.

Charlotte is always on the cusp of what's what, what's new-
So, since I couldn't head to Phoenix-I bought the book- Fashion Independent The Original Style of Ann Bonfoey Taylor.  There is an exquisite film from the exhibition here at the Museum.

 A page from her fashion "book", I love these Charles James gowns, a bit "of the period"styling-say circa 1904.
See more of what's' behind the book from Charlotte Moss at the WSJ Fashion page here- A Fashion Icon Uncovered  & at Charlotte's blog tete a tete where there is an in depth continuation on Anne Bonfoey Taylor that is wonderful here

via the wsj.com- courtesy the Taylor family/ Toni Frissell

Charlotte's new book Charlotte Moss Decorates is beautiful.
All thanks to her for sending an advanced copy before we talked!
Here- just a couple of pages from the book. There has been much written about the book-But my tete a tete with her will be way beyond any you've read thus far! She studies women of style and substance as she puts it- and the book reflects that and the interview elaborates. In the book she has-in the Diana Vreeland tradition- given seekers of their own style many "why not?" pages and none of them anything like: “Why don’t you rinse your blond child’s hair in dead Champagne to keep its gold, as they do in France?” (Diana Vreeland)

Two books in my spring collection came from the extraordinarily talented Madeline Weinrib. She has been a  friend-(posts  here ) at little augury and luckily she keeps me in the know about books, design, artists, jewelry & exhibitions. She hosts some wonderful artists in her studio- and I regret I can not spend the afternoon with her at least once a week to see what she is working on next!

MUNNU , Irresistible Jewels by Eric Deroo is exquisite. The book is one of those books-a limited edition, with indescribable jewels-collector's pieces designed by Munnu, gorgeous styling and photography- otherworldly-unimaginable page after page- and my copy is signed by the designer.  I hope to share more details about the book and Munnu in a future post. Another of these special sorts of books-All Around Fulco Di Verdura-is one I would never have known about had Madeline not sent it my way. The book, by Milton Gendel, was part of his photography exhibition hosted by Verdura's Ward Landrigan several years ago. Gendel, a close friend of Fulco Di Verdura and a photographer, just happened to be on the spot when the great wave of society's who's who flocked around and about the jewelry designer.  Again- more about these photographs in a future post.

a peek at MUNNU Irresistible Jewels

The other books rounding out the collection this Spring are from major exhibitions- Balenciaga and Spain, in San Francisco & New York- & Yohji Yamamoto-at the V&A in London,.
The third book is from -Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty-which I still hope to see before it's run is over August 7th at the Met.


Yohji Yamamoto

Alexander McQueen

 & lastly- while sitting in a doctor's waiting room- I read and feasted on this beautiful issue of VERANDA.

This- the MAY JUNE issue- nothing amiss-each page is beautiful-each article is beautiful.  The issue is a "must save" featuring the Georgia home of Furlow Gatewood on the cover and with its rooms inside. A remarkable set of rooms that I would love to see in person-not to mention rooms I could live in. There are so many "take aways" from his approach. His eye is unflinching & unmatched for all that is beautiful & for spotting something imperfect-making it more perfect for all its blemishes. I like that- and I prefer rooms put together this way.  Get the issue-if you still can.

& don't settle for "images", jpegs-you will be forever disappointed.

There's nothing like the power of paper-
or the beauty for that matter.



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