Monday, May 21, 2012
Art and Beauty Tuesday--Andre Kohn
Andre Kohn has a series of paintings titled "Vintage Chanel" (and one similar that I found called "Vintage Valentino". ) His work is indicative of another era. He paints black dresses and red raincoats, white umbrellas, red umbrellas, red dresses and hats. This one is my favorite because of the pearls and the side-view of the woman showing her Jackie Kennedyesque hair. The white umbrella is so pristine against the grey, almost slushy surroundings.
The red raincoat--ah, the red raincoat!! It brightens up the day and shows the confidence of the woman who wears it. The painterly style beautifully illustrates the rainy atmosphere--the constant wet that you can't get away from.
The entire series is an homage to an era of class long since passed. You can almost get a whiff of the Channel perfume as the woman hurries by.