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Quick post: Advertising déjà vu with NARS

I came across this promo image for new NARS nail polish line and couldn't take my eyes off it.  A variety of beautiful colors languidly streaming downwards...where have I seen this before?

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(image from product-girl.com)

Aha!  I remember being struck by this ad for German brand Uslu Airlines way back in 2010:

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In turn, both of these ads remind me of the work of Morris Louis, whom I discussed in my post on the Uslu Airlines ad.  So I won't rehash it here - I'll just give a quick refresher so you can see for yourself.  The new NARS ad has a similar approach to the 1960 painting Where by Louis, although the latter has slightly more subdued, desaturated shades, and the stripes of color aren't quite nestled right against each other.

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The drips at the ends also are reminiscent of this untitled work by Louis:

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(images from wikiart.org)

There is just something so appealing about seeing beauty products presented in a high-art fashion. Or am I the only one who drools over more artsy ads?  Tell me what you think.

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