Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Windows


Windows, so important to us, vital in all buildings, providing inspiration for all and historically were even liable for tax in Great Britain, the only negative thing about windows is having to clean them!

Ballerinas at the bar, The Grand Opera Paris, Alfred Esienstaedt

Matisse

Matisse

Matisse

The home of Matisse, Villa le Reve, Vence 1946

John Singer-Sergant

 David Hockney

David Hockney

 Window, complete with window seat at a plantation house in Charleston

 Britain

 Early Window with window seat in a castle in Wales

 
Indian windows Marilyn Simler (Marilyn is currently exhibiting some of her work to find out more click here)

Rainy Window in Como, Italy

Pierre Bonnard

Pierre Bonnard

Pierre Bonnard

Raoul Dufy

Raoul Dufy

 Renee Pearl, Jaques Henri Lartigue

My favourite type of window is the window in some Mediterranean location, on a summer afternoon around siesta time, windows wide open, slatted shutters ajar, with shards of light peeping through, the scents of the flora gently reaching the senses and the sound of lapping waves in the distance.

What is your favourite window?

14 comments:

  1. I'm loving your description of a perfect window. I'm all for a beautiful window with a wonderful view and pools of sunlight through the glass.
    Our windows are of the huge Georgian sash variety, apart from the cleaning they are so draughty (but pretty to look at). xxx

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  2. Hi Vix, I forgot to mention a few other negatives like draughts and condensation, however Georgian sash windows are so beautiful that we can forgive them the odd draught. My pet hate is UPVC windows. We have had the glass replaced in some of our original windows with double panes, it keeps the draughts and the condensation away and keeps the heat in whilst keeping the integrity of the window.
    XXX

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  3. What a beautiful eclectic collections of windows- love them all but especially love when there is a deep sill or encasement. The Lartigue is lovely!!

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  4. the one in my mind's eye where I see the future....
    wonderful collection of windows... mmmmm

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  5. What gorgeous pictures.

    Part of the reason I bought my house is because of the floor to ceiling Victorian windows. I had imagined more of them per room but sadly my budget didn't allow.

    I am dreaming of the Mediterranean windows you described as I'm desperate for a holiday.

    Hope you're having a good week xx

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  6. Gorgeous photos and paintings.
    My favourite window was in a Greek apartment, looking down over a bustling harbour - sunshine, sea, cafes and people - I could have sat there, just watching, all day and night.

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  7. how fabulous, what inspiring pictures.....a friend had the most gorgeous book of drawings for Christmas: The City Out My Window by Matteo Pericoli....line drawings of views from windows all over the city.....our two days of sunshine have so shown me how dirty my winter windows are!!

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  8. What a wonderful post!
    Compared to Bonnard, Matisse and Dufy, Hockney gets the thumbs down.

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  9. PS - I arrived here thanks to David :-) I'm a faithful admirer of his work.

    http://www.davidmcgrieveyillustration.com/

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  10. Lovely post Dash! I share your hate of UPVC windows though...they lose all the charm. I'd love one day to have a window seat that i can curl up in and watch the rain pour outside whilst sipping a coffee. Lovely! I love the ballet photo, John Singer Sargent painting and the 'Rainy Window in Como, Italy' photo that you've included in this post especially. Ooh and the Welsh castle - i'm a sucker for anything medieval/esque!

    Thanks for the info on Marrakesh by the way! It's nice that the authorities or whoever they are have noticed it's a bit of a deterrent for some, though it wouldn't put me off. Hope you do manage to get to see some live music in Toulouse soon. Like you said, it really is inspiring - and i love to see the people whose music i listen to so often actually standing infront of me.

    Lots of love, Lucy :) x

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  11. I find windows particularly lovely when the sun shines through or when the rain gently taps on the panes. You have selected some gorgeous works of art to showcase your love of them, Dash.

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  12. Some gorgeous vistas and views here! I have just saved the one from Charleston - a great window from one of my very favorite places.

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  13. Now that you mention it ... I'm also drawn to images of windows. It just never occurred to me as a theme. I love floor to ceiling windows - something that is done so well and effortlessly in Europe and so rarely here in N.A. I always loved the windows in the movie A Room with a View - obviously in Florence and also in the English coutryhouse where the cast is in and out of the windows leading on to the garden - curtains blowing and all that.

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  14. This post is so delightful that I've come back many times. My favorite is the first Dufy. The windows, the room, and the view, so warm and inviting. I am so tired of winter. This has been my spring break! Marilyn Simler's painting was a tie for first place, but Dufy added a view I can't resist. Thank you for such a wonderful post.

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