Style Imitating Art Review for Jan Steen’s “The Art Lesson”

Hello and welcome to a Style Imitating Art review featuring all the wonderful interpretations that were sent to me this week.

What is Style Imitating Art?

Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey, Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge, and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspirational image and we each post the image on our blogs. The following Monday we share our art-inspired outfits. The following Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog. This is that Wednesday for me!

This Week’s Inspirational Work

This work was stocked full of ideas, which I think is the kind I like presenting. It’s just a matter of narrowing down what works best for your particular closet. It also means that the ideas tend to be more varied in scope, which is also something that I like.

Let’s Get On With the Review!

First Up is Sally of Within a World of My Own in St. Paul

Sally was inspired by the girl to try a new color combination – gold, dark aqua, and maroon. The paisley pashmina scarf, reminiscent of the backdrop tapestry, pulled the colors together. Also, the brown knee-high boots add too many rich brown tones of the painting, and, to my eyes the multi-stone bracelet adds to the lush story that is the Dutch Golden Age.

Reni of Reni’s Odd’s and Sods

Rene says that she struggled a bit with this one, it was such an overload of everything.  But in the end, it turned out great! She went with checks, layering, and rich neutral colors.  She also zeroed in on the fur in the painting with a faux fur hat. I love the layering and the plaid checks, and since I’m very attached to my outerwear vests this season, this is a major win, in my eyes.

Marsha of Marsha in the Middle

Have a lovely new week. 

Marsha decided to play off the muted colors of the tapestry hung in the background. She chose a gorgeous muted-tone dress from Kantha Bae. Check out her gorgeous purple boots. They are a thing of art.

Daenel (Instagram)

Daenel played with the general richness of the painting’s brown tones. She also, like Rene and I, used faux fur for her interpretation.

The Hosts

Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey

Salazar was inspired with the lady’s pink-and-yellow outfit, and added her printed blazer for some of the colors and textures (especially the tapestry hanging in the back). She used her boots and belt are to reflect the rich cognac color of the furniture and the musical instruments. This reminds me of something I would do, a very wearable interpretation of the art story.

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge

Shelbee was inspired by the tapestry in the painting and found inspiration in this forgotten long-sleeved cotton dress that she found back in 2017. The colors and the abstract print on the dress formed the best foundation to add lots of layers for the bitter cold that New York is currently experiencing. She also wanted to incorporate some other colors and textures from the painting and her focus was mostly drawn to the young woman and her outfit.

And Finally Me…

I was one of the faux fur answers along with rich brown tones and textures for my overall interpretation of the painting. This interpretation is devoid of any colors shown in the painting because they didn’t work with what I had in my closet-using what I can do and leaving out what I can’t.

This wraps up this Review for this round of Style Imitating Art. Thank you everyone for your wonderful interpretation of my second curation for this year. It was wonderful to see such gorgeous ideas.

That’s it. Take care, everyone, and see you next week when Shelbee presents her first artwork.

Stay creative (with this group, that’s an easy one)!

8 thoughts on “Style Imitating Art Review for Jan Steen’s “The Art Lesson”

  1. This is one of my favorite round ups of outfits for SIA! I love every look. Sally’s scarf and bracelets, Reni’s pants, Marsha’s boots, Marsha’s and Daenel’s Kantha Bae pieces, Salazar’s blazer, and your fur vest…I wouldn’t mind having all of those pieces in my wardrobe! Brilliantly done, ladies!


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  2. This set of interpretations is such a testament to the richness of color and texture in the painting, and I love every single outfit. The mixture of warm browns/oranges, the inclusion of muted pinks, the faux fur, the velvet, the layering…such great ideas here.

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  3. I loved this challenge because it was definitely a challenge! There truly was so much from which to choose! I completely missed the colors in the girl’s outfit (well done, Sally)! I don’t have any kind of fur…faux or otherwise so I knew I couldn’t go with that. But, what a wonderful group of interpretations! I can’t pick a favorite at all! Thanks for picking such a varied piece of art!

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    1. I thought that was the beauty of this, everyone looked at something different-no one else even noticed the tapestry. I could not have been happier with this outcome-everyone seemed to go for something different.


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