The ‘happiness’ of Matisse is distilled in Guerlain’s new perfume

Acclaimed Parisian perfumers Guerlain have been producing and bottling beautiful scents – and reminiscences – since 1828. All through its illustrious historical past, the fragrance home has nurtured a relationship with artwork, not solely seeking to the avant-garde actions of the day to encourage their scents and bottles however making a tradition of artistry that envelopes and informs the model and every thing they create.

We’ve all skilled these Proustian moments when a waft of scent brings again the expertise of a latent childhood second in vivid element, or summons the recollection of an ex-lover who nonetheless makes you twitch. Odor is the human sense most intrinsically and instantly linked to reminiscence and emotion. Fragrance, as its emissary, is liquid reminiscence.

“As early as 1828, when Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain first opened the home, he requested painters comparable to Louise Abbéma, a feminist pioneer, to embellish his boutiques. As for Jacques Guerlain, he purchased work by Claude Monet, Édouard Manet and Camille Pissarro, regardless of the very fact they had been disparaged by critics and most of the people on the time,” explains Ann-Caroline Prazan, Guerlain’s Director of Artwork, Tradition and Heritage. “When he opened his boutique at 68 Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, he entrusted the decor to the younger artist Jean-Michel Frank. Monet’s portray “The Magpie”, now hung within the Musée d’Orsay, was in his workshop… He sought magnificence for inspiration.”

Twice a yr, Maison Guerlain hosts exhibitions of artworks from the Guerlain household’s non-public assortment in addition to loans from establishments and collections globally, displayed amid the grandeur of their elegant flagship retailer on the Champs-Élysées. Now, the fragrance home has introduced their ardour for artwork to life in a collaboration with Maison Matisse.

Jasmin Bonheur is the most recent perfume in Guerlain’s L’Artwork & La Matière assortment. The fragrance takes its start line from the work of Henri Matisse, the revered French artist sometimes called “the painter of happiness” for his enchanting, vibrant evocations of the world round him. Impressed by Matisse’s gouache cut-out masterpiece “Les Mille et Une Nuits” with its daring motifs of hearts, jasmine flowers and leaves in vibrant colors, jasmine turn out to be the pure focus of the undertaking.

“I designed a sublime, vibrant jasmine perfume, tinting this white flower with vibrant olfactory nuances impressed by the palette of Henri Matisse, one of many artists who finest expresses happiness” – Dephine Jelk, Guerlain

The scent of jasmine is a notoriously fragile and tough perfume to seize. The scent so typically adjustments as soon as it’s bottled, not recalling the intoxicating great thing about the contemporary flower. Guerlain perfumer Delphine Jelk labored on Jasmin Bonheur over a interval of a yr, utilizing jasmine grown on the French Riviera, Italy, and Morocco to create an genuine aroma true to the contemporary flower. Jelk explains: “I designed a sublime, vibrant jasmine perfume, tinting this white flower with vibrant olfactory nuances impressed by the palette of Henri Matisse, one of many artists who finest expresses happiness.”

To return to the artist himself, Matisse was unequivocal when it got here to the efficiency and potential of our sensory expertise: “The whole lot we see that passes by means of the retina is imprinted after which amplified by the creativeness. It’s important to discover the appropriate amount and high quality of tones to impress the attention, sense of scent and thoughts,” he as soon as defined. “To expertise the jasmine plant as a complete, for instance. To specific the amount and high quality of its color. Take a look at this composition: a backyard. This backyard is the reminiscence of the sensations I felt in nature that I undertaking, that I enlarge in area.”

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Jasmin Bonheur, a collaboration between Guerlain and Maison Matisse, is obtainable now