This one has so many colors, so much chaos but yet it’s so calming to look at 🤤 I’ve been so busy with moving, packing and unpacking and rearranging things, getting back to a normal shift @ work AND working overtime on the weekends again. Bleck. I’m hoping once I get back into the swing of things it’ll be easier to get some pours done! They always help me relax after a long day and lately the colors have been so vibrant and make me so happy. 💙💙💙 are you loving this one?!?! Leave an emoji in the comments 💙💙💙 ...
Charles Hermans (1839–1924): Bal Masqué (detail), 1880, oil on canvas, 321,3 x 401,3 cm, Chimei Museum, Tainan, Taiwan
When exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1880, the Brussels born and trained Charles Hermans' view of a Bal Masqué combined a recognizable venue, the luxurious theater of an opera house, with an even more distinct social event, the masked balls that enlivened the winter season. The extravagant masked costume balls that were held throughout Paris, Brussels and other European cities during the six weeks before Ash Wednesday and the Lenten restriction were among the most talked about spectacles of the late nineteenth century.
From midnight until five o'clock in the morning, and for the price of a ticket, daring young women could mix with men of aristocratic, financial, and political prominence who flocked to the events. At the opera house, the audience pit was cleared for dancing and the opera orchestra itself provided music for waltzes or mazurkas and even the controversial can-can.
Women dressed as glamorized stevedores, shepherdesses, or in any other costume that revealed more of their figures than street dress permitted, and they danced with abandon - their reputations protected by small black domino masks that gave the illusion of anonymity. Men, most frequently dressed in traditional evening clothes, might dance, but mostly they watched and hoped to arrange a post-ball rendezvous.
The alluring abandon of the masked ball offered inexhaustible inspiration for late nineteenth century artists. ...