Visages de Paris


Faces of Paris 2. But who’s counting? Dreams of humanity. Banks of the Seine, summer 2015.

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Square Gabriel Pierné, between Rue de Seine, and Rue Mazarine, right behind the Académie Française and le pont des arts. I had no idea what this statue (walked by countless times) means, or who is portrayed. Could be Demeter, Greek goddess of crops? let’s boogle it. It is called “la fontaine des Carmes”. It was placed elsewhere in the Latin Quarter and later moved here. The two faces represent commerce and abundance. Maybe my Demeter hypothesis isn’t so crazy. 🙂  (I’ll get the other side next time, depending on the light).13-2015-08-06-12-16-28

Dreams of humanity, on the banks (right bank) of the Seine.


A portrait of Nusch Eluard, 1937. Musée Picasso. Paul Eluard (1895-1952) was one of the great French poets of the 20th century. Nusch was his second wife, after Gala, better known to have run away with Salvador Dali, and inspired many a painting by the mad catalan. One of Paul Eluard’s most famous poems is “Liberté”, 1942:

Sur mes cahiers d’écolier              On my schoolboy’s notebooks

Sur mon pupitre et les arbres       On my desk and the trees

Sur le sable et la neige                      On the sand and snow

J’écris ton nom                                    I write your name

… Liberté.                                             Liberty.


The original Nusch Eluard, née Maria Benz, (1906-1946). A performer, model and surrealist artist, she was involved with the Resistance during WWII. She died in 1946, at the age of 40, of a stroke.

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Art de rue. Paris. 2016.

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Dreams for humanity. Right bank. 2015

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Gare du Nord, Northern railway station, Paris. A fox face is a face, right?


Gare du Nord has been heavily involved in sponsoring artists (street- or otherwise) to paint on the walls of the station.


Heads of the kings of Juda (To-day’s Israel). C. 13th or 14th century, the statues of kings of Israel – a Bible reference – adorned the façade of Notre-Dame. The statues and heads were torn down during the French revolution in 1789-1790, as the people believed they were the kings of France. What you see now on the façade of Notre-Dame are reproductions. The heads were found again in a Paris building in 1978. Musée Cluny, Paris.

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Quai de la Tournelle, Left Bank, Paris, 2015, between two book-boxes. The Seine and Notre-Dame are behind the trees.

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Portrait de Margueritte. Matisse. 1907. Musée Picasso. Marguerite was Matisse’s daughter, and he and Picasso decided to exchange paintings. This was the one Picasso chose. (I don’t know what Picasso painting Matisse chose.) 😉


“Ignore me.” I most certainly would not dare ignore the warning. 🙂 Konny Steding (had to look her up. One learns every day) is a German artist from Berlin, living in Paris.

Thank you for flying Equinoxio Time-Space shuttle. Have a lovely week-end. (I don’t even think about what is going on right now in Washington) 😉








23 thoughts on “Visages de Paris

    • Most of the exterior of Notre-Dame was heavily restored in the 19th century. By the Chief architect of historical monuments, Viollet-le-duc. Some criticize his interpretations, but without him, Notre-Dame and many other monuments would have fallen to ruin. 🙂

      • Notre-Dame 8and many other monuments) was falling to pieces in the 19th century. Something had to be done about it. And obviously there were no architects’ plans. Previous drawings, paintings, engravings, etc. So some decisions were taken by Viollet-le-Duc that May or may not be accurate. It’s always easier to criticize than to do. In the end, who cares. It is beautiful. And to go to mass there is a unique experience. Mass has been held since the 1300’s. Almost 8 centuries. 🙂

      • I’m sure it was. I once was at Notre-Dame on the 15ht of August (Assomption?) at 6. The bells sang and sang, and then a procession took the Virgin Mary out on the banks and back, all with singing. Lovely and moving. If it is a large video, you can always dropbox it.

  1. You have an interesting way to see the world, Brian. I was in Paris but I have seen it only with the eyes of a tourist. In my defense, I could say that I had not too much time to see more. In my opinion, you need at least a year to visit all the interesting places.
    Anyway, thank you for reminded me how beautiful it was 🙂

    • A way to see the world? Maybe. 🙂 I like to think I just use my eyes. Wherever I am. For a day or for a year. Time does not matter. Just use your eyes. Do you know what the Greek word is for “gaze”, “regard”, “Vista”, lookin at” is? Theoria. So for them, to look (at the world) was to make a “theory” of the world”. 😉 Chose the way you look at the world. Your choice. Your theory. Have a lovely week.

    • Horeshoe hat? I had to look twice. 🙂 Picasso’s portrait of Nusch Eluard. Well… I actually had a debate with friends saturday night. Picasso did indeed destroy Art. But the talent is there. And, most likely Konny would not have “evolved” in her art where it not for Picasso and the others. All a matter of evolution. Take care

      • So you say it gets worse before it gets better? Dunno – may be so or not. But there’s absolutely nothing in Picasso’s work that can make me say “that’s art”. Nothing. It’s just an opinion though. 😉

      • And a valid opinion. Which I used to share until I stumbled upon his graphic work. To be able to “de-construct” painting, he was first a great sketch artist and painter. But the end-result of his work was the de-struction of Art. 🙂

  2. The first image on the Banks of the Seine and the image on the Right Bank from 2015 really stood out for me. And I would definitely heed the ‘Ignore Me’ warning – what a face 🙂

    • The selection may appear to be random, but one takes great care in the first and final image, and then the sequence. The street artist is german, born in Berlin in 1963, when the wall was built actually. Hmm. She now lives in Paris

  3. Greatly enjoying this series of faces Brian, and love the Konny Steding piece. Shame I missed the Dreams of Humanity exhibit when I was in Paris, it looks wonderful. Makes me wonder why we don’t all feel a little bit paranoid with all these ‘people’ watching us!

    • You missed the exhibit by a long shot, this was in the summer 2015. (Glad to share with you) Now, on the contrary, those “looks” are full of joy. with the sun on the river, quite pleasant actually.

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