Liberty escapism

This is my inspiration today....not that I planned to be reading all day languorously
reclined on my daybed....I wish...
I've been leafing through the gorgeous catalog of the Victoria and Albert Museum's
Cult of Beauty exhibition
and was totally absorbed by this painting,
Reading aloud (1884) by Albert Moore.
Besides the nonchalant reverie which seduces me, its title had me questioning
the very fact of reading aloud to other people. Do you ever read aloud to your friends ?
Then my other question was - much more trivial - could by any chance
the printed fabric come from Liberty ? (knowing the legendary store played an important
part to the aesthetic movement of this period).

Voici ce qui m'inspire aujourd'hui....loin de moi l'intention de passer
la journée, langoureusement allongée et plongée dans ma lecture..quoique...
J'étais en train de feuilleter le très beau catalogue de l'exposition The Cult of Beauty
du Victoria and Albert Museum et ce tableau m'a complètement séduite,
Reading aloud (lecture à voix haute, 1884) de Albert Moore.
En dehors de l'atmosphère rêveuse et nonchalante, qui m'enchante,
son titre m'interroge sur l'activité même de lire à voix haute.
Cela vous arrive-t-il de lire à voix haute à vos amis ?
Et puis, mon autre question - plus terre-à-terre - à tout hasard le tissu imprimé
vient-il de chez Liberty ? (sachant que le légendaire magasin a joué un rôle
important pour les artistes du mouvement esthétique de cette période ?)

You see, as I told you in my earlier post, I'm looking for some pretty fabrics
for my summer aprons and inevitably I started swooning on Liberty fabrics.
I was a total fan many years ago and it took me by surprise but, I'm still
strongly addicted to their delicate and refreshing prints.

Comme je vous le disais dans un billet précédent, je suis à la recherche
de jolis tissus pour mes tabliers d'été et inévitablement, je me suis mise à
rêver devant les tissus Liberty. J'étais complètement fan, il y a longtemps
et j'étais étonnée de voir qu'après tant d'années, je suis toujours aussi
accro à leurs imprimés délicats et pleins de fraîcheur.

Here are 3 prints among 500 found on this wonderful blog
One of my favorite ones is a non floral one.
I'll show it to you when I receive it !

Voici 3 imprimés parmi 500 trouvés sur ce blog incroyable.
L'un de mes préférés est non fleuri.
Je vous le monterai dès que je le reçois !

Are you a Liberty fan too or do you think it's too rosy/sugary ?
Et pour vous Liberty c'est chouette ou c'est mièvre ?

pics : 1,2 ,3 and 4 scanned from exhibition catalog
The Cult of Beauty, The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900
last pics from here


Jackie said…
What a lovely post. the painting are wonderful. I think they would be either Liberty Prints or William Morris, who was around about that time. Have you ever visited the Liberty shop in Regent Street London? I often did when I lived there but now I am in the country I don't get the chance too.

Regards, Jackie in Surrey.
Thank you for placing this painting in your blog... Just beautiful... Great inspiration!
Italo said…
My tissuskills are zero: but the atmosphere is enachanting in the pictures: calm, waiting for nothingor for all, maybe boring.
Don said…
Beautiful painting, swimming in fabric. My wife is a quilter so we are always on the hunt for good fabric.
Theresa Cheek said…
Sigh...I am not a Liberty girl...a little too flowery for me. I do love the fabric in the painting, the designs seem to be more William and Morris, more to my liking!
Mélanie A. said…
J'adore cette peinture . Et of course , je suis une fan de liberty . J'adore ces tissus désuets , tout comme j'aime beaucoup les anciens tissus souleiado
Love Liberty fabrics and not all of them are sugary. I could spend hours in their haberdashery department too ;-) xo
Yoli said…
My girls have a lot of dresses and shirts in Liberty fabric. I just adore it on them. I love those images above, you must have read my mind today.

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