French Inspiration: Lemon & Lilac

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Our love affair with French culture has influenced our latest print, the C’est la V collection. Inspired by the rhythmic waves of the French sea, C’est la V is a new twist on the everyday stripe. However, it’s our original color palette that truly brings this whimsical print to life. Here are a few French paintings that inspired two of our favorite hues this season—Lemon and Lilac. Can you see how these soft purples and delightful yellows are blended throughout these works of art?

Water Lilies by Claude Monet

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The poetic expressions of Claude Monet’s oil paintings transport us to an Impressionist dream world of airy colors, natural light and marine-focused scenery. The cool, tranquil colors in Water Lilies capture the calmness of the still water and floral reflections. Pale, yet fresh yellow shades speckle the lily pads and flowers, while pretty purples blend the rest of the scene.

The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum by Vincent Van Gogh

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Although Vincent Van Gogh wasn’t French, he spent much of his career in France as a post-Impressionist painter. The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum is another great painting that incorporates cool and warm colors like Lemon and Lilac in a contrasting, bold style. The night skyline in the background is dark and mystical, and a preview to his later works such as The Starry Night. Inviting you in for a cappuccino or delicious scone, the warm yellows of the café are a great contrast to the dark sky.

Nature Morte aux Citrons by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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A simple still life like Nature Morte aux Citrons by Pierre-Augustine Renoir  doesn’t allow your eyes to explore the tremendous aspects and colors at first glance. Take a second look and begin to see the numerous colors that make up this scene. A white tablecloth, created by numerous layers of blended purples, blues and greys, anchor the bright lemons, making them look ripe, fresh and ready-to-eat.

Blue Dancers by Edgar Degas

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Known as one of the founders of Impressionism, Edgar Degas mastered the portrait of dance. In numerous paintings likes Blue Dancers, he depicted these graceful artists in a mystic palette of cool shades complimented with subtle sunbursts of yellow color. His pastel, sketch-like technique brings the dancers to life, giving them a sense of movement and grace.

In what other artwork do you see Lemon and Lilac?

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