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mad for manet

Mad for Manet

Manet – Portraying Life is an important new exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, the first ever retrospective devoted to the portraiture of Edouard Manet. He painted his family, friends and the literary, political and artistic figures of his day, giving life not only to his subjects but also to Parisian society of the time.

It’s proving to be a huge hit with corporate clients, with strong bookings for breakfast and evening receptions. The colours within the paintings reflect what Manet saw around him – people dressed in black, grey, navy or beige because they didn’t show so much of dirt and soot prevalent on the streets of Paris at that time. One colour that sings out here and there in the exhibition is a beautiful cornflower blue – some blue sky here, a blue dress there, to the sumptuous blue organza bow adorning a little girl’s dress in The Railway, so we focused on that for a recent reception.

Large silver classical urns adorned the bar and the vestibule, featuring a mass of pale blue Columbian hydrangea, blowsy ivory roses and spring blooms in cream and pale pink, combining to create a stunning complement to the work of a great artist.

Burns night 2

The Bard is back

January 25th saw the return of that ever popular celebration of the great poet Robbie Burns and all things Scottish. As one of us is Scots, we’re partial to a chance to work with thistles and tartan again! Long tables of 40 were dressed with tartan runners and heather place settings for each guest. Tall vases of white roses, blue thistles and eucalyptus lined the tables, alternating with posies in silver beakers and tealights. Lighting gobos projected thistles onto the floor and walls, with soft uplighting in blues and lilacs around the room. A Scottish piper brought guests to the table, and the evening ended with a whisky tasting, just a wee dram you understand…