As far back into my childhood as I can remember, this piece hung on the wall.  No, not the original painting of course, but a print mounted on this wooden surface.  I always was interested in that piece.  I would let my imagination run wild as to what it was all about.  Who was this woman?  Where was she from?  I was fascinated by her head scarf.  I never knew the title; I never spoke much about it, but I loved it.

Then one day, my parents made some renovations to the house.  Painted those harvest gold and avocado green walls a nice shade of off-white.  One day the curtains changed, the table linens changed, and this piece came down.  For years it was hidden.  Then about two days ago I mentioned this piece to my mom.  She never knew I even paid attention to it or that I loved it so.  And yesterday, she took it out of the hidden place and this piece became mine.

I don't know what makes it so special.  I still stare at the image and wonder with the same sense of awe I had from my childhood.  And now I must find the perfect place for this woman in my home.  Oh the joy!  Isn't it amazing how the things you love dearly in your adulthood are often reflections of what you've always enjoyed as a child?  Full circle.

"Negro Woman with Peonies", 1870
Frédéric Bazille (artist)


  1. Looks like it's time for full circles. Congrats to you!

  2. Love all the gorgeous colors in that picture. I'm sure you will have a smile on your face every time you walk by it. :)

  3. Libby, Your picture is gorgeous, I can see why you love it! I have a painting like that too, is is of a golden landscape, an snowy cottage or farm. It is from my grandparents house and it is now mine. My dad is storing it at his house right now and when I am there I sit and look at it with wonder.


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