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Picturing a World

Images and characters

Images help me speculate about my characters. Two posts this morning on It’s About Time contain paintings of rooms from 1908—the first on interiors by Peter Ilsted, the second on interiors by Henri Matisse. One question for me is which style would Jeanette be using in 1908? Another is which sister would prefer each painting? I see the Ilsted as reflecting Jeanette’s early interests. But would she have settled into a groove or might she have expanded her vision as time passed? Is Mattie conservative in her tastes or daring? Does she care about painting at all?

Any thoughts on art, sisters, or pictures as prompts to fiction?

The Ilsted shown above can be seen enlarged here.

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