This and that in Paris, January 2020; the Folies Bergère

The French start training early for enjoyment of the outdoor cafe life:

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Many of the city’s grocery stores have this enticing case of Little Moons ice cream at the front.  I never did try any.  It is January, after all. Plus, my hands are almost always full.

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I swoon over Paris’s architecture:

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The famous Folies Bergère:

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Even the animals dress for winter:

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You cannot help loving these Metro entrance markers by Hector Guimard, even if most of the (darn) stations are closed during my visit (for the longest strike in French history):

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A shop dedicated to cat designs?

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The classic French Galette Des Rois is for sale in almost every pâtisserie.

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I never made it into the Louvre on this trip, even though I had tickets for a special exhibition, but I did get to see the Louvre’s ultra modern subway station on the automated Metro Line #1:

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Toulouse-Lautrec at the Grand Palais, January 2020

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I first fell in love with the graphic works by Toulouse-Lautre in college.  Posters of his magnificent advertisements abundantly covered my dormitory room walls.  I still love his work.

 

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A stained glass design by the artist. I had no idea he had worked in this medium.

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The design for the glass:

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Yes, the ad for the magazine La revue blanche!  This design has always been a favorite!

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The exhibition was excellent.  I am becoming a very lazy art historian. I’m sorry to say that I don’t enjoy muscling my way through exhibitions anymore.  I am spoiled because, once upon a time, I could view these shows privately.  It’s not nice to be just another visitor.  Boo hoo.

Still, the show was magnificent and I’m glad I saw it!

The Musee d’Orsay, Paris

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Head’s up!  This will be a long post.  Lots of pictures.  The Musee d’Orsay is an incredible museum.  Much smaller than the Louvre, it is still a huge collection.  Many days are needed to truly see everything.  But, I gave it the old college try again in one day recently.

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The views out the windows are pretty spectacular.

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I am fascinated by how my tastes change over time.  When I visit a museum these days, new things I might never have noticed now take center stage for me.  Below are pictures of the works that caught my eye this time.

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Of course I always love white marble neoclassical sculpture from the 19th century.  It’s the stuff I cut my art history teeth with.   But this was a new take:  I have never seen a neoclassical (or any other period) sculpture that is adorned with actual earrings!

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I loved this Annunciation, especially since I see Quattrocento versions in Florence almost daily.  I love the French term for the title: La salutation Angelique.  Everything sounds better in French.

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I can’t remember seeing costumes on display in art museums in the past.  I was so happy to see these from the early 20th century.  Such a delight!

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A French costume version of an American Indian:

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I found this sculpture by Dubois very interesting.  It feels Quattrocentoesque to me, which I like, but the main thing I like about it is the silvery finish.

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Hello Whistler! How’s your mom?  Nice to see a fellow American here!

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Canal Saint Martin, Paris and Parisian firefighters

Constructed under orders from Napoleon to bring fresh potable water into the French capitol, the canal still functions today.  It also provides a breath of fresh green space and a water view into the city.

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But, it also is the training space for the Parisian firefighters, as you can see in the pictures below.  Brrr….that water has to be cold in Janvier!

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Canal Saint-Martin
The tree-lined Canal Saint-Martin is the focal point
of one of the most romantic and hip areas of Paris.
Watch boats travel along the canal while lovers and
friends take in the atmosphere from the banks or the
bridges. Evenings see hoards fill the embankments to
drink wine and enjoy good company. The colder days
lead people to hipster bars, cozy restaurants, and
concert spaces. Those who are more adventurous may
explore hidden gems down nearby streets, from local
bars to futuristic architecture. With its enriching
mix of people of all ages and backgrounds, this
neighborhood has a dynamic, inspiring vibe.

Le déjeuner: les Deux Magots

What do you do on your birthday? I was lucky enough to be in Paris for my birthday this year and we had tickets to see the Leonardo exhibition at the Louvre, marking the 500th anniversary of his death.  But, when I arrived at the Louvre, the museum workers are on strike and the museum is closed.  What would you do then?

Well, we decided to go to lunch at Les Deux Magots.  It was a fun choice, with great food. It’s Paris!

I didn’t feel a bit sorry for myself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antico Setificio Fiorentino showroom

Behold! Visiting the showroom after my tour of the Antico Setificio recently made me hyperventilate. So much beauty, so little time!

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By the way, some of the pictures below may duplicate each other.  Sometimes writing a blog is a super pain in the next, especially when you have lots of images to use and when the software misbehaves.  I do the best that I can.  I prefer to be over inclusive rather than miss one image.

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