During my Dissertation image database research using Bridgeman. I unintentionally came across the work of artist Jean Paul Hugues and his beautiful pastel study named ‘An interior of a Drawing Room’ dated between 1891 to 1950 (shown below).
This image really engrossed my interest. I love the depth and the vintage aesthetic that connects so well to my envisioned story setting of Grandma’s Home that I am developing for my narrative. Hugues choice of pastel is quite unusual and I feel it gives it a texture that is really tantalizing with the visibility of the line gestures at our grasp. The colours of the image is a palette that suggest a friendliness and a refreshing feel of a happiness with those light and airy pastel tones in contrast to the grounding dark and naturalistic colours of earthy tones that I wish to mimic in my own experiments at some stage.
I carried out further research into the artworks of Hugues, where I found more similar depictions of olden yet fashionable home interiors that reflect quite a wealthy and comfortable living. I have an interest in the way the furniture sits with other furniture in the spaces of the room. I particularly love the different assortment of chairs and picture frames that gives such fun with variation and a charm to the rooms.