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While you probably cannot imagine reading a letter in a nice gown, would not it make a big difference in curing the doldrums, feelings of sorrow, depressing weather, and discouragement---would not dressing up a bit at home elevate the mind and give the lady at home a sense of value and purpose in what she is doing? Some people have written about this in the past, and how their happiness and contentment improves, as well as their creativity, when they dress for the home. Even a pretty, feminine apron or a ribbon in your hair can make a difference!
As a side note, the header picture will be changed soon, so if you would like to save the painting, please do so now. The title and author will go into your pictures automatically. One reason that painting is so loved is the man and woman seem to have an easy feeling between them. They are comfortable together and content to look at the view. The man and woman have a sharp contrast in their appearance: he is so distinctly masculine in every aspect, and evokes an impression of personal stability. As you can see by the man's suit, the styles for men have remained very similar! The woman is feminine, with a soft dress and hair style, and her dress is what would be considered quite Western in the country sense, as the belt is a style that goes with western skirts. She looks like she is listening to whatever he has to say. Of course, you may read your own interpretation of the painting, but it is lovely! The view is wonderful too.
Nordic Summer Evening by Sven Richard Bergh
Here is another painting by the same Swedish artist. Notice how the recent shawl and poncho fashions are so much like the one in this painting. Styles actually stay the same in many ways. Even the hairstyles are being revived today. There was a period of time when no one could remember how the ladies fashioned their hair in the past, but by searching through various old books and papers, some of the twists and rolls and braids have been revived.