King Tut. The 100 years expo. 150 original objects. That last phrase should have caught my attention. 30 years in Marketing and I fell into the trap. “Original objects”. As in “never shown before”. What about those that had been shown before? Fifty years ago? Didn’t see them then…
The place was packed despite specific time-slot reservations. Some of the artefacts were interesting. I will show more later. But… But…
Last exhibit. One of the many inner sarcophagi. NOT the one displayed on every ad, NOT the one everyone expected to see, the gold sarcophagus. Beware of Marketing.
1900. The foreigner’s guide to Montmartre. By Jules-Alexandre Grün (1868-1938). That artist saw a lot of change and died before WWII. (Musée Montmartre, rue Corot. A pretty little museum near the vineyard. Worth the visit)
A young Picasso (27 then) at the Bateau-Lavoir in Montmartre, 1908. Not sure how to translate. The “washhouse boat” was a series of artist workshops near Abbesses in Montmartre. Rent was cheap I guess. Many a painter slept there. With a choice of buying coal for the furnace or bread. Or wine. The latter “fed” and warmed many. Note the African “primitive” statues to the right above Picasso. The discovery of African art in the late 19th, early 20th century played a great part in Picasso’s and Braque’s explorations of abstract or “cubist” art. (Photo Musée Montmartre)
Street art, Montmartre, 2019. Art is alive and kicking.
Traveller 7. Line 12. Aubervilliers-Mairie d’Issy. Pretend you’re texting. Turn the sound off. No false shutter click. Straighten up the phone for a second. Couple of shots. Almost blind. Wait till you’ve gone down on the platform to check the result.
Modigliani at the Bateau-Lavoir in 1915. Born in 1884, he died very young, in 1920. No paintings of his to show right now. Will look for some. He, too, is one of my favourite painters.
Synthesis with Dora Maar. 1927. By her friend Marianne Clouzot (1908-2007). “Dora Markowitch”, said Marianne, “represented to us the synthesis of elegance”.
“Your beauty.” March 1936. Measure yourself. Advertising by Dora Maar.
Dutch peasant family. De aardappeleters, literally the earth apple eaters, the potato-eaters. An early 1885 Van Gogh. I think I may have seen this one at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Most of his work then was dark. The Netherlands can be veeery dark in winter. He had not yet “seen the light” of Provence. Part of the Atelier de Lumières presentation.
The starry night. Original is at the MOMA in New York. (Atelier de lumières)
Traveller 8. “Wary”. Metro Concorde.
“Ecoute”, 1986. Les Halles, facing Saint-Eustache. “Ecoute” can be translated as “listen” or “listening”. By Henri de Miller (1953-1999).
Traveler 9. Flea market, Porte de Vanves.
The world of Banksy. Paris, 2019.