Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois. This pretty little church sits at the side of the Louvre. Though the oldest standing part dates back to the 12th century, there was a church there as early as the 6th century. It is often closed, for lack of personnel but well worth visiting. No queues.
Adam and Eve at Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois. Most churches in France are full of such treasures. This painting is early Renaissance, 1510-1530.
The bridge at Giverny by Monet. (Orsay) Early 20th century. Monet painted some 250 variations of the nympheas and the bridge in the last years of his life. An expo at l’Orangerie a few years back showed how Monet was gradually going blind. At the end the paintings were but mere blotches of colour.
The same bridge at Giverny, 2016.
Childebert 1st, 496-558 at Saint-Denis Basilica. King of Paris, Childebert was one of Clovis’ sons. Clovis established the kingdom of the Franks in 481. This would make France the second oldest state/nation in history after China. (To the best of my knowledge England was established later, 10th century I believe). Childebert’s is the oldest tomb in Saint-Denis where all Kings of France are buried.
Scotty’s week-end car. A bit rough in time-warp, but good speed in hyperspace. Flea market, Saint-Ouen. 2018.
My car. (I wish!) Flea market, Saint-Ouen. 2018. The flea market at Saint-Ouen was featured in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, and well worth a stroll.
Joséphine de Beauharnais, Impératrice des Français, Early 1800’s at the Château de la Malmaison. (A great visit. Hardly any queue…)
Bonaparte, First Consul, crossing the Alps at Saint-Bernard. One of several copies by Jacques-Louis David, one of the most notorious painters of the Revolution and the Empire. c.1801. Château de la Malmaison.
Snoopy and Woodstock. Metro Nationale. 2018.
Don Quixote and Felicity the flamingo. Metro Nationale. (The name Felicity the flamingo (c) Tiffany Choong)
“Two fantastic characters” by Miró, 1976, La Défense. La Défense in the past 30 years has become Paris’ business centre.
A fantastic character, La Défense, 2018. Brand unknown. 🙂
Cheetah, La butte-aux-cailles, 2018. La butte-aux-cailles where the first human flight ended in 1783, has become a street art paradise.
Rockin’ an’ rollin’. By Willy Ronis, 1949, in the cave of the Vieux-Colombier, in the Latin quarter. 22 years later, with a few friends, we organized a school party in another cave close-by. Complete with Jazz band.
Kees Van Dongen, left, and his wife Guus in his workshop in Montmartre, c. 1908.
“The eyes”, Van Dongen, 1911. Van Dongen (1877-1968) was born in Holland then did most of his career in France. I placed him more as a painter of celebs (e.g Brigitte Bardot) in the 50’s and 60’s, but this expo in Montmartre in 2018 taught me that he was indeed a major actor in the Montmartre scene of the early 20th century.
Picasso as seen by comic artists Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie.
Picasso in 1904, in a signed photograph to his friend Suzanne Valadon, one of the few female painters of that time.
Buffalo. An original by Ardif, Montmartre, 2018. Ardif tends to paint then scan and print, and post his work on paper posters on the street. This was an original painting on the wall of a shop in Montmartre. (I could have cut out that piece of wall!)
Thank you for flying Equinoxio’s Time-Space shuttle. Have a great week.