Archive | November, 2015

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Flattery will get you everywhere

Jean de La Fontaine is a well known story teller in French literature. In a small park in the west of Paris, Jardin du Ranelagh, I came across this charming statue of him with a crow and a fox, depicting his poem (a lesson to us all): The Crow and the Fox By Jean de […]

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A Breath of fresh air

Le 104 in the north east of Paris is a breath of fresh air in the art scene. Directed by José-Manuel Gonçalvès, the CENTQUATRE-PARIS provides space for residencies, production and performance for artists and audiences from all corners of the globe. The centre encompasses all forms of art: theatre, dance, music, cinema, video and also […]

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Gustave Moreau - Self portrait

Gustave Moreau

The symbolist painter Gustave Moreau (1825 – 1898) is known for the vivid images he created of biblical scenes and mythological fantasies. The painting of Moses, tells of God’s refusal to allow Moses to step foot in the Promised land. Moreau invented Moses’ humble gesture of removing his sandals. Behind the prophet, the people are […]

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Facing darkness

In the wake of last night’s terrorist attack on Paris, I look back on my activities yesterday and I see things in a different light. For some people nothing will ever be the same and yet when I look outside everything seems so shockingly normal.   Yesterday I saw the I love you wall in […]

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Fondation Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

The art centre,  not the handbags, sorry ladies! The American architect Frank Gehry was commissioned to design the Fondation Louis Vuitton. He created an art space on the edge of the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne, a 856 hectare park in the west of Paris. It was opened in October 2014. The streamline […]

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Eugène Delacroix by Gaultron

Delacroix

After more than a month in Paris, it is starting to feel like home! Early morning stroll leads to chance meeting with the swans of Notre Dame 🙂   Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix was born on 26 April 1798 and he died on 13 August 1863. In 1957 he moved into the house that was […]

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Louvre

After a month in Paris, I went to the Louvre today. Yeah, got my new museum card, can go back as much as I want. Being one of the largest museum in the world, displaying over 70,000 pieces of art across 650,000 square feet, it deserves more than one visit! The Louvre opened its doors […]

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My kind of graffiti

    A fellow South African artist arrived yesterday and she joined me today for a very long walk to Musée Jacquemart-André, I think her feet might regret it tonight 🙂 On the way there we saw this lovely mural, my kind of graffiti!   The museum contains the private collection of husband and wife […]

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Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame

In 1163 Bishop Maurice de Sully laid the first stone for the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. This Gothic masterpiece was finished in about 1330. The  90m spire was designed by Viollet-le-Duc during the restoration that started in 1845. The climb to the top of the 69 metre tower is rewarded by a magnificent view of […]

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