I am privileged enough to spend 6 weeks in Paris a year. Not quite a summer, but close. This July, our first visit was to the Old Lady. She looks all right from the front.
A profile shows the damage. And the work being done. Roof is gone. But most has been saved. And is being consolidated. I doubt whether they will finish in 5 years. French delays are long. 10-15 years?
Mona Lisa is still smiling, with a béret, a baguette and a glass of wine. Rue de la harpe.
Porte d’Ivry. Street art by Malakkai. No idea who s/he is. Anybody wants to “Boogle”, let me know.
“And you think that is funny?”. La Vilette. We went to see the Tutankhamen expo. Somewhat of a disappointment. More in further posts. Fact is we were lucky to go many expos, some better than others.
Van Gogh’s eyes. Atelier des lumières. A blast. Fab. Out of the world. etc. I’d already seen their Klimt expo last year. (There is a post about it somewhere). They digitalize works of art, Van Gogh in this case, project them, blend them, on the walls, the floor. A unique performance. (More to come)
“In the past 50 years, I’ve never seen the Saint-Michel metro station NOT in maintenance.” (Patrick Besson). I agree wholeheartedly with Besson. Allow me to go one step further: The Paris metro is a disgrace. Old, dirty, poorly maintained. I wonder what visitors from Singapore think the first time they set foot in a Paris Metro car? “Is this the Paris we dreamed of?”
The bridge is still there in Monet’s garden at Giverny.
Travellers 1. Saint-Germain des prés. I don’t normally take people pix. I find it an invasion of privacy. Not easy either to ask for permission, though I do from time to time. Plus, an Iphone is not exactly the ideal focal length for portraits. Regardless, this summer I decided to try an experiment. Iphones are discrete. You can take photos unaware. Most cases. 🙂 Sometimes I got made. Most times not. I will call this series “travellers”.
Musée Maillol. For some strange reason, I’d never been able to visit. Closed. In maintenance. On strike. Whatever. Yet Aristide Maillol (1861-1944) is one of my favourite artists. Of many. He is most well know for his sculpture, as above. A great selection of his work is exposed in the gardens of the Tuileries. A perfect open air setting. Yet, he also was a great painter and sketcher. (Which comforts me in the idea that it all begins with a sketch.)
Aristide Maillol, 1890. Mademoiselle Faraill with a hat. The delicacy and modernity of this painting is another facet of Maillol’s talent. Not to mention that if Miss Faraill was 20 in 1890, she would have been born in 1870. Much older than my late grandmother…
Lynda Carter still graces the walls of le Marais. Rue de Fourcy, if I’m not mistaken. Her and other small portraits have been on the wall for a few years, and still not too damaged. (I have seen a lot of street art overtagging, or plain destruction this year). Vandals roam the streets.
Travellers 2. Rue de la Convention.
Travelers 3. Metro Convention. The world of Banksy. Banksy! You must be joking? Did I make it to the expo?
To be continued…
Stay tuned for Dora Maar, Picasso, Cartier-Bresson, many others and… Paris.