The Master of The Blue Jeans



Recently on display at The Didier Aaron Gallery some paintings by an unknown seventeenth century artist from Italy, simply known as The Master of The Blue Jeans.




As the Didier Aaron website describes,



"Although we do not know his name or nationality, the Master of the Blue Jeans holds an original place among the European painters of reality of the seventeenth century. In his hands, poor, humble people are depicted with a dignity and directness rarely given to such subjects. 

The paintings show women and children wearing a blue cloth with a white-thread weave that typifies the famous Genoese fabric. This forerunner to modern denim derives its name from ‘Genes’ in French, which became ‘Geanes’ in seventeenth-century English.Imagine that! 500 years ago these poor Italian folks were wearing denim".





Centuries later, not so dissimilar looks shown on the G-Star runway during New York Fashion Week.


G-Star Fall 2011


G-Star Fall 2011


G-Star Fall 2011


G-Star Fall 2011


G-Star Fall 2011

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