John Newton Howitt (detail)
Jane Birkin reading book. Les Midis de Jane. Paris Vogue c.1970.
A fashion muse with her simple and feminine outfits in the 1970s, Jane Birkin has also given her name to an iconic Hermès handbag that perfectly suits the woman who once declared: ‘My mother was right: when you’ve got nothing left, all you can do is get into silk underwear and start reading Proust.’
Young Woman Reading. Georges d’Espagnat (French, 1870-1950). Oil on canvas.
An artist who created a diverse oeuvre, Georges d’Espagnat constantly strove for originality and independence, marking a place for himself among the modern masters. While he was associated with Renoir, the Fauvists and the Nabis, d’Espagnat remained on the outside of these movements, creating a body of work that was uniquely personal.