Chanel No. 5 In Watercolor
Susan Maxwell Schmidt
Digital Art - Digital Watercolor Painting
"Chanel No. 5 in Watercolor"
A bottle of the luxurious Chanel No. 5 Eau du Parfum, the iconic perfume brand brought to life by the French fashion designer Coco Chanel in 1921 for her Chanel brand, which was later made the epitome of all contemporary fashion houses by the charismatically eccentric and unfortunately late Karl Lagerfeld. Chanel No. 5, with its floral notes of jasmine and tuberose, was originally designed to appeal to modern-era flappers and their feminist (for the time) ideals. The "5" in the scent's name stems from not only the fifth formulation presented to Coco, the number actually also had a mystical connotation to her stemming from her early days in an orphanage run by a convent. The number five meant so much to her she even presented her fashion collections on the 5th of every May (5.5). The perfume was very exclusive when it was first introduced, it could only be purchased in Chanel's boutiques and you definitely had to be somebody to be worthy of acquiring it. The iconic bottle was designed in 1924 and has not changed since. Chanel's passion for simplicity and aversion to over-complication carried through to the design of the packaging, with the bottle's simple squared shape and elegantly faceted corners. Channel No. 5 remained exclusively available in Chanel's boutiques until 1924 when it was made available to the patrons of Bonwit Teller in New York, and it earned its decidedly solid footing in perfume history from that day forward. My still life painting was created in digital watercolor using yellow, gold, sage green and taupe on a beige cotton rag paper canvas with a light sage wash, and includes an array of splatters, smudges and drops one would expect to see with wet watercolor. Please visit my Fashion, Textiles and Jewelry art gallery to see more of my works that appeal to the feminine mindset, and my Be Very Very Still gallery to see more of my still life artwork.
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May 29th, 2021
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