dimanche 6 mai 2012
L'Ombre sur le Lac
Most of the time, synesthesias first come when testing a perfume (for the first time or after numerous tryouts). It’s actually really rare that for me to think of a peculiar perfume while looking at a picture or listening to music or watching a movie. But it has occured with this painting, The Lady of Shalott by the british preraphaelite painter John William Waterhouse, inspired by the same name poem by Alferd Tennyson. The expression of the Lady, the somehow faded colors and, most of all, the infinite melancholia emitted by this painting made me immediately think of L’Ombre dans l’Eau, by Diptyque. A french perfume with the most british twist. A green rose, crused leaves and blackcurrent. The scent of spring. It could have been a sparkling joyful perfume but it sets me on the contrary in a beautifully sad state of mind.
The scent of a melancholic landscape in a preraphaelite painting.
L’Ombre dans l’Eau, Diptyque (1983)
The perks of being a desperate romantic.
Illustration : John William Waterhouse, The Lady of Shalott, 1888