Here’s a bright spot for a spell of rainy and cool days just before Halloween. One of my first visits to a store after things started opening back up over the summer was to KRB, a bastion of color on the Upper East Side. I made a pilgrimage there to experience iconic restaurateur Charles Masson’s artwork on view in an exhibition of over 50 paintings and drawings. It was a full-circle moment as I had become acquainted with him eight years prior for a post documenting the storied floral arrangements he created weekly in his restaurant at the time. Charles’ artwork on display was everything I had imagined and it infused a much-needed charge to my anemic spirit. His French roots are evident in the gestural depictions of flowers, fruits and landscapes brought to life in oil, watercolor and graphite. The beautifully curated environment of KRB’s furniture and accessories was the perfect coupling with the colors and images in his works and created wonderful vignettes of inspiration. I certainly overstayed my welcome and wished I could have taken home an artwork for myself. The pieces were practically all sold-out, just a few days into their exhibition! Félicitations Charles! A prochaine!
Photography Beth Horta for Sweet Sabelle.