I love it when I’m looking at a piece of art, and though I’m thoroughly enjoying it for its beauty or depth, I’m also struck by a connection to a modern theme.
In this case, I loved seeing Tissot’s two takes on the same dress. He used the same white ruffled/yellow bowed dress in two paintings, two years apart – and with very different effect.
The portrait of Miss Lloyd is quite proper.
While his interpretation on ‘Spring’ is more relaxed, playful and evokes the warmth that the change in seasons brings.
Through a modern lens, I get a kick out of the fact that even famous artists re-use the same outfits once in a while. It’s not all about getting new clothes – changing how you style them makes all the difference in the look and feel of your ensemble. So, if ‘one dress, two ways’ is good enough for Tissot – it’s good enough for me!