Florette reading, Lac d’ Annecy, 1943. Jacques Henri Lartigue.
In January 1942 Lartigue met twenty-one year old Florette Ormea in Monte Carlo. Jacques was twenty-seven years her senior. They married in 1945, They remained happily together until Jacques’ death in 1986, aged 92.
Moments to Myself. Joseph Lorusso (American, 1966-). Serigraph.
Lorusso creates landscapes and figurative works. In painting these subjects, Lorusso has concentrated on honing his powers of observation, especially as it concerns to color, texture, form and composition. Lorusso’s paintings have been described as warm and dreamlike, places of restful escape with a sense of spirituality, and share timelessness with the works of other eras.
The Novel Reader (1888). Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890). Oil on canvas.
As art historian Judy Sund says it, for “this imagined female…[to be] reading a yellow book (i.e. a modern novel) with wide-eyed attention reflects the artist’s conviction that everyone should read, and suggests anew that his conception of the ideal woman included a devotion to the modern fiction that was modeled on his own.” (“Favoured Fictions,” p. 260).