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If the Impressionists had been perfumers
If the Impressionists had been perfumers, they might have cut off their ears to smell better. Probably they would have lengthened their right arm disproportionately so that the overall composition would be right again, which is after all more important than a lifelike image of reality. They would have designed bottles that were colossal and blazing, that flickered like fire in all directions and probably lost all statics due to their asymmetry. They would have fallen off the shelves, the flacons, but what do the artists care about the customers, they are so bourgeois and stupid.
If the Impressionists had been perfumers, they probably would have developed a fragrance like "Halfeti". They would have created a top note, which should have represented yellow-citric and green plants and fruits, which are probably also present in their individual fragments due to the pointilistic style, but develop a completely different color in the nose of the observer, rather purple and turquoise shimmers here the green, dabbed with mugwort and cypress, whose short morning impression, similar to that of the "Impression soleil levant" by Monet, soon gives way to the actual center of the picture
Had the Impressionists been perfumers, they would not have depicted the rose in the centre in the colours of a rose. Nevertheless, they would not have gone rough like some modernists and crushed, mutilated and drowned them with a thick eagle log in front of an applauding audience. No, they would have made an exuberant variety of the finest swabs, herbs, woods. Resins, leather and flowers, every single swab can hardly be deciphered at close range, but they are made of materials which the merchant ships of that time brought from the then far Ottoman Empire via the ports of the Levant to Europe. Thus, from a distance, an overall impression of a dark, syrupy, iridescent rose would have emerged, bitter and dark because of the woods, shining through the flowers, fine-grained and multi-layered because of the spices, warm and balanced by amber, musk, tonka and vanilla. As if the sun would wander through the work of art or the viewer would move back and forth and back and forth in front of it, there would always be other facets that briefly unfolded their effect. Only at the end of a long day did the dazzling floral nuances retreat and the evening mood would bring the woods and the bitter leather more to the fore.
Had the Impressionists been perfumers, the lasting magic of the captured moment would have been more important to them than the true-to-detail photographic depiction of a brief moment. Thus "Hafetis" would have a shelf life of at least 12 hours, the Sillage would remain in the moderate range despite the strong ductus (one did not splash colours around like these lunatics 100 years later). Art is for all sexes, "Halfeti" androgyn.
Had the Impressionists been perfumers, they would not have sold any of their bottles and would probably have died poor. What a shame! "Halfeti" would have been one of her great works of art, long before his time and yet probably timeless.