Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Girls and Cars
I always think of this self-portrait by Tamara de Lempicka, so perfectly does it capture the essence of the Julia I see in my mind's eye.
Some years ago I saw de Lempicka's work at an art deco exhibit at the wonderful Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco.
There was also a white 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton, with lipstick-red interior:
De Lempicka's paintings complement snazzy cars, and vice versa.
But back to Brideshead: Just before Julia gets engaged to a Canadian chap who has distinctly rakish qualities, she receives from him, as a gift, a bedazzled, blinged-out tortoise. Her initials, via diamonds, are set in the tortoise's shell.
I much prefer a vintage tortoise-shell comb, with blurry sapphires and pearls.
The Cord could always offer the tortoise shell a lift . . .