The Blog starts with this picture of William Paxton
I chose this picture because it is so similar to my strongest memory , where I was allowed to brush, my at that time 75-80 year old grandmother's unusual hair.She would go to her desk between the two large windows and stand in front of a huge mirror . There she released the hair needles and unfolded one or two long braids. The hair was straight and so long that it past her behind and she could sit on it.
And then she very carefully and slowly brushed or combed the long hair . If I was visiting her , she let me do it. Every morning she braided it into one or two thin long braids and fixed them to the head with needles, so flat that it was hard to tell if she actually had short hair.
The hair was also unusual because of the color. All normal old people have white or grey hair in this age , but her hair was pale orange pink almost the same color as boiled salmon.
So this picture of Paxton could have been my grandmother Ellen , as I remember her
in the evening in a white nightgown. Not a fluffy nightgown like this woman wears,
Ellen's was made in stiff white linen with white embroideries.
It went all the way to her angles.
I have never seen anyone with the same red hair tone,
In her youth it must have been dark copper colored , darker even than this woman's.
Ellen had almost the same mahogany furniture as in the Picture, which her father carpenter Christian Thomsen had made. Her table was in a wonderful slim legged Jugend style.
The table looked as if it any time could run away like a tall legged Caravan hound.
Danish Jugend furniture is not very ornamented like in the German, Hungarian and English furniture from this period. Danish 1910-20 furniture kept the strong Empire style
with a minimum decoration of flowers or ornament.
When I visited my grandmother I never really noticed how strongly the Jugend style had influenced her taste and the choice of things she fell in love with. I never thought about the fact, that she red hair must have made her special in those times, where many Painters whose red haired models for their paintings.
The red hair became a symbol of the free independent woman .
Perhaps my grandfather who was a Photographer noticed and fell in love with this strong independent woman, because of her red hair and sweet face.
Eugene Grasset a Swiss artist born in Lausanne 25 May 1845 – 23 October 1917
painted many pictures of red haired women.
This picture with a young woman studying flowers and carrying a sketch book reminds me,
that Ellen liked to draw. I scanned her
old sketch book and added two of her drawings to this blog.
So everyone can see what a 11-12 year old child would draw in 1906
I wonder if it was the Artists who changed the opinion of what could be use of colors in clothing. All pictures of my grandmothers parents ,show the women in black dresses, only decorated by black laces or an intricate pattern of small folds in the material. They did not wear strong colors or clothes made of material that had patterns . This very modest way of using single colored clothes is still eminent in Danish taste.
In Denmark today people in daily use wear same color or just a shade darker or lighter on blouse or sweater than what is the color of the pants or skirt.
I also prefer this, which my sons find extremely ugly and say now mum you look like a Teletubbie : You look like Laa-Laa or Tinky Winky!
When I wear only white they call me Mumin troll.If I wear green I look like the awful Grinch
So the next picture is choking with it's overwhelming amount of patterns.
|Thomas Cooper Gotch|
The postcard is re bloged from http://www.bbfilateteli.dk/
|Eugene von Blass|
Also Eugen von Blass uses this combination here as Pink roses in the clothes to spice the orange-brown hair, but the overall feeling is pink even if he used so little.
|Lucian Levy Dhormer|
Lady Lilith brushing her hair
|Dante Gabriel Rossetti|
|Angelika Kristenson Aurelius|
Portrait of Jenny
Portrait of Anna with Crane-bill flowers in her hair