The Search For Happiness  : Our White Collection Triptych And The Origin Story

The Search For Happiness : Our White Collection Triptych And The Origin Story

The White Collection, (Nuda Veritas, Crépusucle des Âmes, Choeur Des Anges) is a scent triptych celebrating perfumery as the 8th art.  

Gustav Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze (1902) plays a key role in the creation of the Atelier Des Ors White Collection. Klimt is primarily known for his paintings in the ‘Golden Period’ and his most famous work is ‘The Kiss’. Gold leaf featured in many of Klimt’s paintings from this era and is also a source of inspiration for Atelier Des Ors.

Klimt was a member of the Secession Group created in 1897 and based in Vienna. The group came together as a reaction against conventional conservatism in art. The Secession Group were proponents of Gesamtkunstwerk, literally meaning ‘Total work of Art’. This concept centres on the belief that different art forms such as literature, art, painting, sculpture, theatre etc. can express a more comprehensive art form symbiotically. The goal of the Vienna Secession was to promote modern art at every level of society by presenting exhibitions free from strict guidelines.They supported young unconventional artists and focussed on hand crafted techniques and objects.

In 1902, the 14th Vienna Secessionist exhibition was held, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Beethoven’s death.The exhibition featured Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze, an impressive creation (34m wide by 2m high) that greeted visitors in the lobby. Inspired by Wagner’s interpretation of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and the poetry of Friedrich Schiller’s Ode To Joy, the work incorporates poetical and musical influences, a total work of art.

The art is a treatise to the Search For Happiness, an eternal and ever present yearning for humanity to journey beyond the darker moments towards a civilisation where happiness and joy are omnipresent. A progressive movement to take humankind forward. This universal and timeless theme also refers to the individual pursuit to find joy, peace and contentment within. To acknowledge the light and dark elements in our lives and to seek resolution.

The three fragrances in the White Collection are companions on the Search For Happiness. Each fragrance portrays a theme on the journey. An olfactive connection between the scent triptych exists with a unifying thread of orange tonalities – Orange Blossom, Blood Orange and Mandarin. The undertaking to find the golden hues represents the Search For Happiness, providing a link to Atelier Des Ors’ quest for perfection. The evocative scents and hues of orange, amber and honey represent radiance and golden light. Each fragrance can be appreciated in its own right as a beautiful scent. Yet viewed as a collection they make a powerful statement. 

Perfumery is considered an 8th Art and we are proud to bring our olfactive interpretation of this monumental work and its themes to life.

Part 1 : Fragrance NUDA VERITAS corresponds to the first part of Klimt’s triptych (part of which is shown above).

The white space of hope and truth. Humanity stripped bare. The knight in shining, golden armour acts as the saviour of humankind. 

An indelible lightness of being lies at the heart of  Nuda Veritas, the beginning of a spiritual quest on the search for happiness. The perfume unfolds with a delicate floral heart of Jasmine and Osmanthus encased in layers of textural whiteness, full of hope and yearning. Humanity is connected to the earth and minerals through hints of moss. We look to the sky and seek the naked truth, laid bare in a transparent, watery haze with hints of patchouli and the gentle caress of Ambroxan.

A serene moment, simple and true…

Fragrance Notes :

Top : Bergamot, transluzone, orange flower petals

Heart : Jasmine Sambac,  jasmine absolute, osmanthus absolute, tiare flower

Base : Patchouli, tagetes absolute, ambroxan, musk, oakmoss.

Part 2 : Fragrance CRÉPUSCULE DES ÂMES corresponds to the second part of Klimt’s triptych (part of which is shown above).

A quest for the balance between purity and temptation is omnipresent.

Crépuscule refers to the moments of transition from light to darkness, and from dark to light. The sleepy, dusky hours and the brilliance of dawn and new beginnings. Crépuscule des Ames is the twilight of the souls and a perfume to enslave the senses with fine spices and a warm golden glow. A second skin to wear in the dusky hours while the souls are at play, when we feel deep desires and the duality inherent in our consciousness. A radiating warmth that speaks to carnal pleasure and desire imbued with the furry warmth of Typhoeus. Incense, patchouli and hyraceum heat the primitive, animalic aura.

For moments when we seek the truth, to find a way through temptation.

An addictive, empowering fragrance with an element of intrigue…

 

Fragrance Notes :

Top: Mandarin, cardamom, clary sage

Heart: Hysope, incense, pimento berries

Base : Hyraceum infusion, patchouli

Part 3 : Fragrance CHŒUR DES ANGES corresponds to the third part of Klimt’s triptych (part of which is shown above).

Salvation is found in arts, poetry and music, bringing the search for happiness to its conclusion. The final opus is exuberant and joyous, culminating in a warm embrace.

Choeur des Anges is a poetic celebration of colour, scent and joie de vivre fused with blood orange, carrot seeds, radiant fruits and flowers. A symphonic creation inspired by the harmonious voices of angels. An ambrosia like golden nectar of osmanthus and honey that sings in harmony to the gods. Choeur des Anges is a fragrance that connects to the primal desire for happiness, where salvation is found in lyrical ambered, tones.

A radiant and joyous experience

A cocooned embrace

A kiss to the whole world

Fragrance Notes :

Top :  Blood orange, blackcurrant, pear

Heart: Orange flower absolute, carrot seeds absolute, osmanthus

Base : Cedar wood, amber, Provencal honey

 

 

 

 

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