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Clotilde {Living Skirt Art}

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For our final Living Skirt Art of 2016 we chose a painting that forecasts the future.  Be sure to visit the other Living Skirt Art piece of art by guest poster, Teri from FaSewLa, linked at the end of this post.

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This month, we chose Clotilde by Louis Paul Dessar.  He was interested in art from a young age.  Born in Indiana in 1867, he attended the National Academy of Design in New York.  He became fascinated with French Landscape painting and moved to Giverny, France.  After marrying a fellow art student, living in France for 50 years, and spending his entire life painting, he returned to the United States where he died in Connecticut in 1952.

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Since Louis Paul Dessar favored an overall golden tone in his pictures, and normally painted later in the day, we tried very carefully to replicate that part in our Living Skirt Art piece today.  His love of light can be seen reflected in Clotilde where the light filtering through the filmy curtain plays with the plant shadows.  A pregnant woman knits something small, presumably for her expected child.

The skirt in our photo is this one made for Allegra years ago.  (Thankfully it has a wide elastic waistband!)  A little secret: it is being worn inside out because the lining was a closer match to the original photo than the printed reverse!

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In summary:

Painting: Clotilde

Artist: Louis Paul Dessar

Model: Audrey

Photography: Allegra

Skirt: Chiffon Maxi Skirt Knock Off

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To see all the other works in our Living Skirt Art series, click here.  As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest.

Living Skirt Art series by Skirt Fixation

And now go visit Teri at FaSewLa to see and read about her fantastic Living Skirt Art recreation.  Isn’t her preview photo above so artistic in itself?  But you really need to see the art she is recreating!

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The Little Peasant Girl {Living Skirt Art}

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It’s time for our very popular Living Skirt Art series.  Be sure to visit our TWO guests (sneak peeks at the end of this post) for their fabulous works of living skirt art!  You will feel like you are walking through an art gallery!

Living Skirt Art Series by Skirt Fixation.  Check out all the art they've brought to life!When we first saw The Little Peasant Girl by Heinrich Hirt, we just had to bring it to life.  Annie is several years older than the little girl in the photo, but we just had to include this piece of art in our Living Skirt Art series.  As in the past, we fell in love with the lighting in this oil painting as well as the model.

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Heinrich Hirt mostly concentrated on children as his subjects, and walking through an exhibit of his paintings would feel like you were surrounded by childhood laughter and innocence.  Heinrich was born in Furth, Germany where his father owned a comb factory.  Art seemed to run in the family; his older brother Johann Christian Hirt was a sculptor and attended the Munich Academy of Art.  Heinrich settled in Munich and exhibited his work throughout Germany, primarily in Berlin, Munich and Dresden.

Girl's Jocole yoga a-line skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this month’s Living Skirt Art, I sewed Annie a much needed new skirt!  She’s grown so much over the summer that a new long knit skirt for fall was in order.  I used the Girl’s Jocole Yoga A-line skirt pattern and some basic chocolate colored knit fabric from JoAnn’s.  This shirt goes with several tops Annie has that she’s outgrown the matching skirts to, like this Family Reunion top by Oliver+S (details here.)

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In Summary:

Painting: The Little Peasant Girl

Artist: Heinrich Hirt

Model: Annie

Photography: Audrey

Skirt: Girl’s Jocole A-line yoga skirt

To see all the other works in our Living Skirt Art series, click here.  As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?

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And now treat yourself with a visit to see Farrah at Mingo and Grace to see the well known artwork she’s brought to life.

Living Skirt Art by Mingo & Grace

Also, you don’t want to miss Emi from Just Add Fabric‘s creation.  You’ll want to read about her Living Skirt Art using a very special artist to her family.

Living Skirt Art by Just Add Fabric

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Fashion Illustration by Kelly Smith {Living Skirt Art}

Fashion Illustration brought to life by Skirt Fixation

Today is the next installment in our Living Skirt Art Series!  It’s a crowd favorite, and we don’t like to disappoint you all, so…  Be sure to stick around to the end of the post for a sneak peak from Ajaire from Call Ajaire who is playing along with us this month.

Only once before in our Living Skirt Art series have we chosen to bring an illustration with a skirt in it to life.  All the other times we’ve chosen to bring paintings to life.  But illustrations, and specifically fashion illustrations are so prevalent, and in many cases, very, very good, that we just had to bring one to life today.

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Fashion illustrations usually aren’t titled like paintings are.  When you start digging, the focus is as much on the artist as on the illustration.  Kelly Smith is an Australian Illustrator, working predominantly in fashion and beauty.  She has an impressive client list from Armani to Valentino!  For her approach she uses graphite pencil for 90 per cent of the work.  After scanning the drawing in, she adds colour and tweaks the image using Photoshop. Since she uses Photoshop, we had to stay true to the artist and use Photoshop to play around with our image as well.

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This fashion illustration has two skirts, as you’ve probably noticed.  Aria’s skirt is a hand me down from a good friend.  It’s very good quality, from a company called Meadow Rue.  It has tons of hand embroidered details, inside and out.

Allegra’s skirt is a recent “thrift store score” and she absolutely loves it!  If she’d found it in a retail store she’d probably have bought one in every color.  As it is, she’s asked me to make her a few more, but I’m having trouble sourcing a pre-pleated fabric.  If you know of one, we’d be extremely grateful if you’d leave the source in the comments.

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In Summary:

Fashion Illustration

Artist: Kelly Smith (check out her website here: http://www.birdyandme.com.au/)

Models: Allegra & Aria

Photography: Audrey

Skirts: Meadow Rue & thrifted pleated maxi.

To see all the other works in our Living Skirt Art series, click here.  As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?

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Also, go visit Call Ajaire for your next art viewing experience in our Living Skirt Art series.  Do you recognize which piece of art her adorable Bean is portraying?

Call Ajaire Living Skirt Art Bean as Girl On Beach

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Hanging Out Linen {Living Skirt Art}

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Today everyone’s favorite skirt series, Living Skirt Art, is back for it’s monthly appearance.  We just love recreating works of art with a skirt in them.  What is SO VERY special about today’s Living Skirt Art installment is that we’ve got not one, but two special guest bloggers creating living skirt art with us!  Stay tuned to the end of the post for a couple of sneak peeks.

The artist featured in today’s Living Skirt Art recreation is Charles Courtney Curran.  He was born in 1861 in Hartford Kentucky and raised in Ohio.  He studied art in New York.  He showed his work publicly for almost 30 years.  Then he studied in Paris for 2 years under fellow Impressionist Jules Lefebvre.  Upon returning to the U.S. he settled in New York and began teaching art.  Later in life, he also began to teach at Cragsmoor, a summer art center.  He died in 1942.  Even today his works of art can be found in museums and Art Institutes around the world.

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This piece of art, Hanging Out Linen is one of several he did with ladies hanging laundry as the main subject.  In each of them the play of lighting and shadows is incredible.   It is an oil on canvas, originally painted in 1887.  And it’s almost life size at 54” tall by 30” wide.

Living Skirt Art recreated by Skirt Fixation

The hardest thing about recreating Hanging Out Linen was recreating the lighting.  We decided that artist take creative liberties with lighting and color that cameras just can’t recreate!  So we’ve done our best and you’ll have to forgive the imperfections.  Do you recognize the skirt?  It’s one from our most recent All The Skirts series with Megan Nielsen and Imagine Gnats; the Brumby Skirt.

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In Summary:

Painting: Hanging Out Linen

Artist: Charles Courtney Curran

Model: Audrey

Photography: Allegra

Skirt: Megan Nielsen Brumby Skirt in champagne double gauze blogged here.

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To see all the other works in our Living Skirt Art series, click here.  As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?

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And now go visit Michelle over at Falafel and the Bee to see and read about her Living Skirt Art recreation.  This sneak peek is of the “before” and we’re sure you are familiar with the “after,” it’s a VERY famous piece of art by a very famous artist!

Living Skirt Art with Paisley Roots

Also we have Karly from Paisley Roots with another Living Skirt Art representation.  You may not be as familiar with this piece of skirt art, but you DEFINITELY should not miss Karly’s recreation!

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Days End {Living Skirt Art}

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We seem to be on a streak of recreating modern art for our Living Art Series.  Today we have a beautiful painting by Sheri Dinardi called Days End. Also, Ana from Analog has recreated a painting.  Don’t miss the teaser photo of her beautiful recreation at the end of this post.

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Days End is an oil painting on linen.  When this painting first grabbed our eye, it was a combination of the lighting and the amazing hair on the model that stood out.  In our home, Aria has magnificent hair, and we hoped we would be able to turn it into the star of some Living Skirt Art.

Sheri Dinardi lives in rural Oregon which inspires her paintings.   An interesting aside, Sheri’s favorite artist workshop she ever attended was held by Dan Gerhartz, who’s painting we brought to life last month!  To enjoy more art by Sheri Dinardi, visit her website here.  She prefers to paint from light because of the “nuances of light and shade, warm and cool as the light falls over the subject. These effects are simply not recorded with cameras.”  We found this to be very, very true when we were recreating Days End.  The lighting and position of the model (Aria) had to be just right.  And then the camera was woefully inadequate at capturing what our eyes were feasting on!

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Here’s a little skirt story about a skirt in the photo.  There are actually 2 skirts in our recreation, the tiered denim skirt Aria is wearing and the wool one draped around her waist.  This is a skirt we made several years ago from wool, but the moths attacked it and left their calling cards.  So we cut it up the side seam and used it for a photo prop!

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In Summary:

Painting: Day’s End

Artist: Sheri Dinardi

Model: Aria

Photography: Audrey

Skirt: Thrift store denim maxi skirt.

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To see all the other works in our Living Skirt Art series, click here.  As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. And now go visit Ana over at Analog for another beautiful Living Skirt Art experience.

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Her Favorite Place {Living Skirt Art}

Her Favorite Place by Daniel Gerhartz, brought to life by Skirt Fixation

Your favorite skirt series is back today with a living interpretation of beautiful painting by Daniel F. Gerhartz.  Usually we turn to the masters of long ago for inspiration for our Living Skirt Art series.  But today, our featured artist is still living.  Daniel F. Gerhartz was born in Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and three children.  He started drawing as a teenager.  Daniel F. Gerhartz uses subjects and settings that allow him to capture light, color, mood and emotion as only a talented artist can.  If you’d like to see more of his work, visit his website here.

Her Favorite Place by Daniel Gerhartz, brought to life by Skirt Fixation

His paintings have been described as commanding, and the one we chose to bring to life today is certainly that!  This painting is titled Her Favorite Place.  The colors and lighting are stunning!

Her Favorite Place by Daniel Gerhartz, brought to life by Skirt Fixation

The story behind the skirt we used is this: Allegra was gifted a skirt, but it shrunk in the wash.  Being that it was the only skirt the right color for today’s post, it was rather fortunate there was an apron over the skirt as Aria had to pull it down quite far on her hips to make it the right length!

On another note, this little stream in the woods is a quiet place Aria likes to go sometimes, very appropriate for this living art interpretation.

Her Favorite Place by Daniel Gerhartz, brought to life by Skirt Fixation

In Summary:

Painting: Her Favorite Place

Artist: Danile F. Gerhartz

Model: Aria

Photography & Photoshop: Audrey

Skirt: Green (used to be) maxi skirt.

Her Favorite Place by Daniel Gerhartz, brought to life by Skirt Fixation

To see all the other works in our Living Skirt Art series, click here.  As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?

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Girl Knitting {Living Skirt Art}

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Everyone’s favorite skirt series is back for a living interpretation of a classic painting by Jules Breton.  We love to bring these old masterpieces to life.  Here’s all the details about our chosen art for today, Girl Knitting.  Be sure to check out what Katie of Simple Life Pattern Company, this month’s guest contributor, created.  (Preview at the end of the post.)

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Jules Breton was a French Realist painter.  He was born in 1827 and lived a long and artistic life until 1906.  He grew up as the son of land stewards for a wealthy land owner.  You can see this influence in many of his pastoral paintings.  Another French painter persuaded his family to let him study art at a young age.  At first he tried historical paintings, but found his true calling in portraying the land and his love of rustic life.  He was a well known artist in his time, and rightly so.  You really should spend some time looking at more of his paintings.

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Girl Knitting is a pretty good example of Jules Breton style.  He really captured lighting well.  And with his portrayal, suddenly an everyday event becomes a work of art.  Aria is the best, okay, okay, the only knitter in our family.  So she was our choice to bring this art to life!  A fun side note, the garment over the back of the chair is this skirt!

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In Summary:

Painting: Girl Knitting

Artist: Jules Breton

Model: Aria

Photography: Audrey

Skirt: uncut corduroy skirt from Long Tall Sally fluffed out with this skirt and this skirt underneath!

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As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?

Coming soon:  your sneak peek and link to Simple Life Pattern Company.

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Best Friends {Living Skirt Art}

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Your favorite skirt series is back today with a living interpretation of darling painting by Johann Wilhelm Schutze. After you have enjoyed our Living Skirt Art, be sure to visit Melissa at Rebel and Malice and Jessica at Lil Luxe Collection this month’s guest contributors, and see which pieces of skirt art they chose to replicate. You won’t be sorry you did! (Sneak peeks at the end of the post.)

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This month we have chosen another artist from long ago.  Johann Wilhelm Schutze was a German painter and University professor. Unlike many poor, unknown painters, he was a favorite in his time. He loved painting pastoral scenes with youth in them. His paintings are very realistic, like the one we are bringing to life today.

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Best Friends shows a little girl pampering her kitten. If this painting doesn’t make you say awww, you must have no heart! We happen to have a little kitten Allegra adopted that looks almost identical to the kitten in Best Friends. Although I’ve always had a “no pets in the house rule” this kitten spent the first several months of it’s life snuck into the house nearly every day or night in one way or another! This little kitten, named Malachiah, loved sitting on Annie’s lap, drinking up fresh goat’s milk from a china saucer. Aria was close at hand to refill the saucer…several times!

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In Summary:

Painting: Best Friends

Artist: Johann Wilhelm Schutze

Model: Annie

Photography: Audrey with help from Aria

Skirt: Audrey’s childhood poodle skirt

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As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?

Now prepare yourself because here’s your sneak peek and link to Melissa’s living skirt art.

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And here is your stunning sneak peek of Jessica from Lil Luxe Collection’s living skirt art:

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Girl At Piano {Living Skirt Art}

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Your favorite skirt series is back today with a living interpretation of stunning painting by Vladimir Volegov.  After you have enjoyed our Living Skirt Art, be sure to visit Cassie at Little Lizard King this month’s guest contributor, and see which piece of skirt art Cassie chose to replicate.  You won’t be sorry you did!  (Sneak peek at the end of the post.)

At The Piano painting by Vladimir Volegov brought to live by Skirt Fixation for their Living Skirt Art series. Check them all out!

Usually we turn to the masters of long ago for inspiration for our Living Skirt Art series.  But today, our featured artist is still living.  Vladimir Volegov was born in Russia and began painting at the tender young age of 3!  From painting portraits in the streets of Barcelona to exhibitions in Russia, his home country, the paintings of Vladimir Volegov are known far and wide.  After you’ve seeing his vibrant use of color and his realistic depictions of people, it’s pretty obvious why his paintings have such allure.  He currently works with the American publishing house Soho Editions.  His website (and complete beautiful gallery) can be viewed here.

At The Piano painting by Vladimir Volegov brought to live by Skirt Fixation for their Living Skirt Art series. Check them all out!

Although many, many of Vladimir Volegov’s paintings depict females in skirts, we chose to bring his painting At The Piano to life today.  Originally painted in 2008, this is an oil painting.  To recreate that beautiful flowing white skirt, we refashioned two skirts into one.  Aria didn’t necessarily want a white skirt, but we decided if it gets stained, or she wants a different color, we can give it a dye bath.

At The Piano painting by Vladimir Volegov brought to live by Skirt Fixation for their Living Skirt Art series. Check them all out!

For the girl’s top, we hacked one of our favorite patterns, the Lane Raglan, into a cropped, 3/4 sleeve cardigan.  Tutorial coming soon, really!  The heavenly French Terry Fabric (Aruba Blue) is from JoAnn Fabrics. (affiliate link)

At The Piano painting by Vladimir Volegov brought to live by Skirt Fixation for their Living Skirt Art series. Check them all out!

Aria is teaching herself to play the piano, and it is really a pleasure to listen to.  I love to listen to her play the piano because she pours her whole heart into the piece she is playing, and it’s so moving to hear her play.

In Summary:

Painting: At The Piano

Artist: Vladimir Volegov

Model: Aria

Photography: Audrey

Skirt: refashioned skirts (tutorial here)

At The Piano painting by Vladimir Volegov brought to live by Skirt Fixation for their Living Skirt Art series. Check them all out!

As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?

Now here’s your sneak peek and link to Cassie’s living skirt art.   Click on the photo to be transported!

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Girl Listening {Living Skirt Art}

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We promised to bring you more of your favorite series, Living Skirt Art this year, so here’s the first installment for 2016.  If this is your first time seeing our Living Skirt Art recreations, basically we are inspired by a piece of art with a skirt in it and imitate it to the best of our ability.  Be sure to check out the other Living Skirt Art photos we’ve done.  And don’t miss this month’s guest blogger, Becca of Free Notion, who recreated some skirt art too!  (Sneak peek at the end of this post!)

Johann Georg Meyer von Bremen

Once again, we were inspired by Johann Georg Meyer von Bremen.  He painted such fantastic pieces of art that were simple and realistic.  Today we are mimicking “Girl Listening.”  Bremen was born on Oct 8, 1813 in Bremen, Germany.  When he was 21, he went to the Düsseldorf Academy of Art.  In 1841 he opened his own studio, but as he got more famous, moved to Berlin.  Johann Georg Meyer von Bremen died on Dec 4, 1886.

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We love this painting, but had a small quandary about recreating it.  The door in the painting is green and the chest next to the door is brown.  But in our house we have a brown door and a green chest!  Well, no matter, at least the skirt is the same.

Going back to that door for a minute, we need to brag on Mr. Skirt Fixation.  He built this and one other door in our house.  Yes!  He BUILT this door!  Isn’t it beautiful?  And his father built the green chest as a wedding gift for Mr. Skirt Fixation and Audrey.

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The skirt Annie is wearing is the Molly Skirt which we sewed for her this past summer.  You can read our full review of the skirt in this blog post.  Aria made the apron Annie is wearing just for this photoshoot.

We asked Annie what she thought the girl in the painting was listening to.  She said she thought maybe the little girl’s parents were on the other side of the room talking about something scary because the girl looked so serious.

In summary:

Painting: Girl Listening

Artist: Johann Georg Meyer von Bremen

Model: Annie

Photography: Audrey

Skirt: The Molly Skirt

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As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?

Now here’s the sneak peek and link to Becca’s living skirt art.  Click on the photo to go see!

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