Visit the Belle Époque masterpiece “The dressmaker in Les Champs Elysées”, s.d. of Jean Béraud, in the Carmen Thyssen Collection.
Ingredients: Black tea, vanilla, anise, cardamom, ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, fennel, clove and chicory.
The different elements that we can distinguish in the work stand out for their exqusite appearance. The dresses are elegant, perfectionist… including the drivers of the carriages. The lanterns not only fulfill their function exclusively to become elements of sophisticated ornament, delineating the avenue with precision, not only illuminate, also contribute decorating the city.
The trees are in an exhuberant moment showing their flowers. The carriages move in order and everything drives us to the Triumphal Arch as a symbol of a monumental city. The set of spices proposed represents the vital force of the city, with its ability to modify, enhance or highlight the aromas and it adds complexity; like all that the Belle Epoque represents for European society, in this case the Parisian, everything is new and positive.
The dressmaker presents herself as an entrepreneur, determined and safe woman, her face and her clothes express it. Of all the characters that appear on the scene she is the only woman and does not call our attention, our attention belongs to her. Among the flowers, the orchid is the “rarest” as the dressmaker that is among all that surrounds and observes her. As a representative of this circumstance, the flavor of the vanilla from the “vanilla planifolia” is the predominant and sophisticated aroma of the composition, as the protagonist of the scene.
The energy transmitted by the dressmaker, the vigor with wich she walks, the decision of her movements… we can find all this adjectives in the compounds of black tea: caffeine, antioxidants… the earthy tannins and astringents place us wandering down the avenue.
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