Gatsby was amazing. He even managed to see to it that the book about him was regarded as a novel, fiction as though he didn’t exist. Even Fitzgerald by the time he was through writing it, believed he’d made the whole thing up. There were those who knew the truth all along, of course: knew everything except where all the money came from. (Even by today’s standards, when millions mean nothing, only billions matter, Gatsby was incomprehensibly rich)
Gatsby’s mansion was filled with lavish art and ritzy furnishings made in France.
The grand ballroom in Gatsby’s mansion was meant to drop jaws, and that’s exactly what it did. It was worthy of a five-star Paris hotel! What made it opulent and timeless is the use of patina-rich stone walls, towering pillars, and a gleaming inlaid wood-and-stone floor. “It had to encapsulate Gatsby’s extraordinary ambitions and his optimistic, romantic soul,”
Even a little thing like that made people talk. And probably will still make them talk.
The outrageous Gatsby style of course was meant to display opulence and to create envy.
The mansion was filled with exuberant conversation pieces.
The opulence we use in our own uncompromising masterpieces inspired by Gatsby is so omnipresent, in and of itself, that even a person who notices nothing will notice something.
Gatsby of course, could afford dozens of these design masterpieces, rooms filled with them. Never mind. All that matters is that you have one, just one.
A piece of how things were for the robber barons and the selfmade elite in the gilded age.