Faces of Paris 2. But who’s counting? Dreams of humanity. Banks of the Seine, summer 2015.
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).
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.
Art de rue. Paris. 2016.
Dreams for humanity. Right bank. 2015
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.
Quai de la Tournelle, Left Bank, Paris, 2015, between two book-boxes. The Seine and Notre-Dame are behind the trees.
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) 😉