The Prince & the Wine
I think it must be more difficult to be a prince in this day and age, rather than, say, 400 years ago when princeliness actually meant something. These days your average prince can’t start wars, doesn’t receive entire regions as a dowry when they marry and generally has no good reason to off their mother or father.
However, they do get to have their watercolors pasted on to First Growth Bordeaux.
Decanter reports that Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, next in line for the thrown of England and most famously, the husband of Lady Diana, will have one of his water colors grace the label of the 2004 Chateau Mouton Rothschild. When you consider the other artists that have been chosen for this honor (Picasso, Miró, Chagall) it’s a pretty impressive thing.
I’ve always been impressed with Prince Charles. But he’s gotten a bad rap. Between the size of his ears and his inability to pull away from his true love during his marriage to Diana, he ends up being characterized as either the villain or the dolt. The man is no dolt:
-He is a very thoughtful critic of modern architecture
-His interest in Philosophy, and his championing of it’s study, is neither common or modern
-His artistic skill are recognized as highly evolved.
-His interests, practical and theoretical, in Organic Gardening helped bring attention to the practice
-His support for Tibet and the Dalai Lama has been significant and effective.
-His accomplished fighter pilot skills
While it’s true that the Prince’s art would likely never have graced the 04 Mouton had he instead been a Duke or a Comte, I still rather like the choice.
However, were it up to me, I’d have chosen another British artist to grace the 04 Mouton. My choice would have been the great British photographer Bill Brandt whose examinations of the English landscape, the human form and British society are stunning.