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"Whenever you see flies or insects in a still life- a wilted petal, a black spot on the apple- the painter is giving you a secret message. He’s telling you that living things don’t last- it’s all temporary. Death in life. That’s why they’re called natures mortes. Maybe you don’t see it at first with all the beauty and bloom, the little speck of rot. But if you look closer- there it is."

"Whenever you see flies or insects in a still life- a wilted petal, a black spot on the apple- the painter is giving you a secret message. He’s telling you that living things don’t last- it’s all temporary. Death in life. That’s why they’re called natures mortes. Maybe you don’t see it at first with all the beauty and bloom, the little speck of rot. But if you look closer- there it is."

theclotheshorse:

Katrin Thormann By Koto Bolofo For Numéro #157 October 2014

theparisreview:

Henri Matisse’s illustrations for Baudelaire’s poetry collection, Les Fleurs du Mal. (via)

Perfume should tell the story of who you are, who you might be, perhaps even of who you fear becoming…all of these things are possible. It’s a very intimate element of a woman, just like her signature or the sound of her voice. And it conveys feelings and states of being that have no name, no language. Its very ambiguity makes it truer than words because, unlike words, it can’t be manipulated or misunderstood.

— From The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

transistoradio:

Camille Corot (1796-1875), Lady in Blue (1874), oil on canvas, 50.5 x 80 cm. Collection of Musée du Louvre, Paris, France. Via Wikimedia Commons.

transistoradio:

Camille Corot (1796-1875), Lady in Blue (1874), oil on canvas, 50.5 x 80 cm. Collection of Musée du Louvre, Paris, France. Via Wikimedia Commons.

(via frailsoul)

books0977:

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.’ 

books0977:

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.’ 

(via womenreading)

starry-eyed-wolfchild:

The Old Butcher’s Bookshop, Paris

(Source: messynessychic.com, via breathingbooks)