Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Illustrations of Lilith et Adalia: Les Petites

Who are "Les Petites" you ask? For those of you who follow us on Tumblr, you may already know them. But do you want to know more about how they came to be? Keep reading and you will be sure to find out!

The concept itself couldn't be simpler, what if we could recreate famous paintings and portraits of women in history in our own form, an adaptation of sorts that evoke a sort of "neoclassicism" of our own? Instead of the women themselves, how about the children we cater to? We imagined, we thought, and Les Petites were born.
Our first adaptation was the famous portrait of Marie Antoinette in her infamous Chemise dress whilst holding a flower, titled Marie Antoinette en Chemise by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun,1783. We chose this as our first because Rococo and Marie Antoinette were our main inspirations for our upcoming Spring 2014 line, and the chemise dress is one of our most favorite.
You can see this illustration featured as our Bloglovin' icon here on the bottom left panel of our blog homepage as a matter of fact!

At first, this was illustrated on a whim, and not intended to be part of a group or collection of any kind, but this one turned out so nicely that we thought, "Let's do more!"

We liked the whole vintage seal look and floral frame that screams elegance (frame design by Victorian children's book artist Kate Greenway by the way, not Rococo but that's okay), so we went with it.

And so more followed...
Petite L'Escarpolette! Based on The Swing (or by French title L'Escarpolette, see what we did there!) by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, 1767.
We couldn't stay away from this one. The Swing is such an iconic Rococo painting, how could we go without adapting it to our brand image? We opted for the little lady sitting in her little rope swing - without the mischievous boy peeking of course!

We kept thinking, who next? We decided to stay within our seasonal theme of Rococo art pieces and figures, and who other should we harken back to next but the finest...
Madame De Pompadour by François Boucher 1750.

Despite her being head mistress to Louis XV, and gaining her importance through this, she still remains an iconic and influential woman of her time―in fashion, decor, and even in the political realm. You can read a short biography about her life here. 
As seen in the original famous painting, we can't get over the gorgeous ribbon detailing of her silken and billowy dresses. We had to recreate that in our version. Her head however, we adorned with a flower crown for an added touch of youthful sweetness. And she wouldn't be the worldly and educated little lady the Madame was without her book in tow. Madame De Pompadour was well known for her vast collection of literature ranging from novels to full historical encyclopedias.

You can do us at Lilith et Adalia a big favor by reblogging our Petites on Tumblr! Follow the tag...

The Illustrations of Lilith et Adalia is now a Blog Series! More installments coming, and lots more art on the way!

Remember you can see our art first and as they debut on our Tumblr! We sporadically add our own artistic creations there at no real scheduleyay for spontaneity! You never know when the creative spark hits after all.

We appreciate your reblogs of our work as well. We at LeA would be nothing without our fans and followers! Never forget that!

- The Lilith et Adalia Team

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