I’m a huge fan of art museums.
As a child, I was fortunate enough to have a mother with the audacity to take children to art galleries. There was nothing to do but sit still, look, and above all DON’T TOUCH. It became a game after a little while—how close can you get to the Degas and still be not touching? (Answer: Close enough to alert security.)
As an adult, I have a great deal more respect: specifically for security guards, but also for art museums in general.
As a knitter, a trip to an art museum can be the spark of inspiration leading to a whole slough of sweater ideas. After all, knitters use the mediums of yarn, needles, buttons, and incidental crocheted edgings to convey the images floating in our heads and hands; ideas ranging from walking barefoot on the beach, to a friend’s wedding, to the colors found in a summer garden, to a tangible expression of a wish for warmth and comfort.
So in case a trip to the art museum hasn’t been an option lately and you are looking for something to kickstart your new knitting project, below are some classic paintings I’ve paired with some haute couture knitted garments for Spring 2013.
Here’s a little inspiration to kick off the new year, gleaned from masters of the past and present.
14 Paintings Spanning 549 Years and 14 Sweaters to Match – Listed From Newest to Oldest Painting
Mmm. Andy Warhol. And I love a good red sweater, just so long as it’s the right red . . .
Op art is fun. Wearing op art? More fun!
Believe it or not, Ecstasy started out as a calendar advertisement for General Electric Mazda Lamps. Got to love that Parrish Blue.
Picasso. Usually, Three Musicians lives at MOMA; but right now it’s visiting the Philidelphia Museum of Art.
This is one painting I’ve been privileged enough to see in person. It’s HUGE! A full 5.5 ft tall and then some. It dominated the room.
Not sure about this, but I’d be willing to bet that whenever The Herd Boy was, it was January.
In general, I like the Pre-Raphelites. I like the colors, the lines, and the way the fabric drapes on this sweater. Waterhouse paid a huge amount of attention to the textiles in his paintings, something I really enjoy.
I don’t know about you, but I could personally use a sweater that is like a wearable sunflower.
Or a sweater as easy to wear as Almond Blossom is to look at.
Mary Cassat by Edward Degas. It’s a two-for-one, coming from the art world.
If ever a sweater was ready for a promenade, then this cardigan is. Leave it to Gaultier.
Manet and Anthropologie. Last time I checked the online store, this cardigan was on sale.
I really like how the lines from the hills are echoed in this pullover from Helmut Lang. If I ever make it to Spain, I’m taking this sweater with me.
If Van Eyk painted this today, rather than 500 odd years ago, the bride would have had this sweater in her closet.
And There You Have it.
At one point, all of these sweaters were available for sale online. I have listed the designer name and sweater name in the captions just in case anyone was interested. But that’s not really the point.
The point is that sometimes, a good sweater can say something similar to what a really great painting can say. And while maybe not very many knitters paint, I’m fairly certain all knitters can knit.
So go knit something awesome, and have fun doing it! Be inspired! It’s 2013 already! Spring is coming!