Looking to brighten things up for the new year? Shop our favorite picks featuring the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery, to bring a touch of freshness to your home or wardrobe. According to Pantone, the color is designed to be “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.”
Read below for a few of our favorite picks.
For the coffee table
Presenting nearly 100 works as seen in the 2016 exhibition, “Divine Pleasures: Paintings from India’s Rajput Courts, The Kronos Collection” is a fantastic introduction to Indian painting of the 16th – 19th centuries. These brilliantly hued works of art feature scenes from Hindu epics, mystical legends, and courtly life in incredible detail. The cover, which features a spring landscape in Pantone Greenery, displays beautifully on a shelf or coffee table; and the imagery and text within are both elegant and informative. While explaining the gods, demons, lovers, fantastical creatures, and mystical symbols central to Rajput literature and worship, this publication celebrates the diverse styles and traditions of Indian painting.
For a special note to say “thanks”
Long before Pantone was founded in 1963, the Impressionists captured nature’s brilliant and ever-changing colors in the form of exquisite landscape paintings. Ranging from the pinks and greens of a flowering tree, to the cerulean blue of a summer lake, or the pale purple of a snowy shadow, each of the works of art featured in our notecard box uses color to uplift the spirits of the viewer (or in this case, receiver). Featuring seasonal images by Impressionists and Post-Impressionists such as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh, all from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection, our Seasons of Impressionism Notecards are perfect for sending thank you notes or good wishes for the new year.
For a touch of sparkle
Our Roman Imperial Scroll Necklace takes its unusual design from a pair of beautiful gold and silver earrings in The Met collection. Crafted in ancient Rome in the third century A.D., during the Mid- to Late Imperial period, the scrolling design retains a timeless appeal. The original featured beads fashioned from variscite, a green-hued mineral which was extremely rare during the period, our beads are made of carved agate. Made in the USA, this striking necklace and coordinating earrings can be worn throughout the year and transitions perfectly from any day to evening look.
For your walls
A digital print reproduction of one of Vincent van Gogh’s most celebrated paintings from The Met collection, van Gogh’s 1888 painting Oleanders currently hangs in our 19th and Early 20th Century European Paintings and Sculpture galleries. For Van Gogh, oleanders were evocative of the resilience of new life, given their ability to continue to bloom and grow despite poor conditions. Here, they are shown in a majolica jug that the artist used for many of the other still life paintings he created while living in Arles. They are symbolically juxtaposed with Émile Zola’s La joie de vivre, a novel that Van Gogh had placed in contrast to an open Bible in a Nuenen still life of 1885.
For the littlest art lovers in your life
Depicting William, a hippopotamus sculpture (ca. 1981–1885 B.C., Dynasty 12) from The Met collection who has proudly served as The Met Store’s beloved unofficial mascot since the early 1900s. The original William is crafted of faience, a ceramic material made of ground quartz, and decorated with drawings of the lotus flowers found along the Nile. This tee features a print of William with a mouth that opens wide in a typical hippo yawn.