Eugenia Huichi, by Eugenia Errazuriz's husband Jose Tomas Errazuriz .
Eugenia Errazuriz, Pablo Picasso 1924.
Mme. Errazuriz, Jacques Emile Blanche 1890.
Mme. Errazuriz, John Singer Sargent 1882.
Eugenia Huici Arguedas de Errazuriz (15 September 1860 - 1954).
Cecil Beaton wrote of her in The Glass of Fashion,"Her effect on the taste of the last fifty years has been so enormous that the whole aesthetic of modern interior decoration, and many of the concepts of simplicity...generally acknowledged today, can be laid at her remarkable doorstep."
Mme Errazuriz had the aesthetic and the spirit of an Abbess. Her framework, the Biarritz villa La Mimoseraie, was stripped to its bare essentials: plain linen curtains, indigo upholstery, red-tile floors, and whitewashed walls. For her, elegance was the elimination of the superfluous. Throw out and keep throwing out.
Ah, there really is nothing like that Latin sense of severity. To ascribe the trait of minimalism to her though, is a mistake. Modernism, yes. Minimalism, no.
For more on Eugenia Errazuriz, An Aesthete's Lament recomends this article in The New York Times.
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Thursday, 6 March 2008
Posted by HOBAC at 19:32