|"La Biancheria" - John Singer Sargent Watercolor 1910|
Loving all things vintage,
I especially have fond memories of
taking the laundry down from the clothes line.
The chore itself had no great attraction
but there was something magical
about the scent of the items
after they were dried by wind and sun.
Ready to be folded and returned to their stations
in drawers, closets and armoires,
the clothes retained that lingering outdoor scent
that only Mother Nature can provide.
This watercolor by John Singer Sargent
is currently part of a Sargent watercolor exhibit
at the Brooklyn Museum.
The artist is famously known for his portraits
of the affluent Edwardian ladies and gents of his time.
His talent went far beyond those iconic renderings.
Sometimes it is in the most simple of life's daily actions
that creative talent may depict the greatest beauty.
There is a movement to return to the days of old,
reduce our carbon footprint and
hang the laundry once again.
Not for everyone, for certain.
But inhaling those crisp and clean scents
are still a wonderful ending to such a perpetual chore.