Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Get Small at the Louvre

Visit the Louvre in Paris and get small.
Like this.
Other visitors may also get small.
OK, a view from a height will often make people seem small, but Bill and I also found ourselves shrinking in the Louvre's French painting wing (Sully).
This room filled with paintings by Philippe de Champaigne (1602-1674) acted as a pre-compression chamber. These young women are visibly shrinking.
We enter the final chamber, a room filled with paintings by Charles Le Brun (1619-1690).
Either the ceiling has gotten a lot higher and the paintings a lot bigger or we have become physically  smaller.
I look at Bill. I look at the room.
We've gotten smaller.
It's fun to be small.
 A backward glance. One new very small person in the Le Brun room.
We decompressed in the next room. Jean Restout's The Pentecost, 1732, is a nice touch here.
Also appropriate for re-entry -- Restout's Orpheus in the Underworld Reclaiming Eurydice, 1763.
Further on some 18th century landscapes helped coax us back to human size.

Sunday, June 10, 2018


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Great Moderns at Musée d'Art Moderne

Paris' superb modern art museum has rehung its collection of 20th century paintings and the results are spectacular. The occasion is a renovation which sees the entrance to the museum relocated to the Seine side of the building where the visitor can access special shows (presently the wonderful Zao Wu-ki) and the smartly rehung modern and contemporary collections.
Both collections look better than ever. Here are some of our favourites. Robert Delaunay, The Cardiff Team, 1912-1913
 Sonia Delaunay, Electric Prisms n41, 1913-1914
 Juan Gris, Book, 1913
 Giorgio De Chirico, Hermetic Melancholy, 1919
Jules Pascin, Temple of Beauty, 1925 
 Marc Chagall, The Dream, 1927
 Jean Arp, Constellation with Five White Shapes, 1932
Jean Arp, Human Concretion, 1933 
Édouard Vuillard, Portrait of Aristide Maillol, 1930-1935
 Édouard Vuillard, Portrait of Pierre Bonnard, 1930-1935
 And hanging nearby two paintings by Bonnard.
 Pierre Bonnard, Nude in the Bath, 1936
 Pierre Bonnard, The Garden, ca 1936
Raoul Dufy, Port with Sailing Ship, Homage to Claude Lorrain, ca 1935 
 Raoul Dufy, Regatta with Flags Flying, Henley, 1935-1952
 Karel Appel, Animals above the Village, 1951
Èugene Leroy Composition 1950. We're not familiar with Leroy. Nice discovery.
Èugene Leroy, Composition, 1950
 Giorgio De Chirico, Metaphysical Interior with biscuits, 1968
Metaphysical Interior with Biscuits (detail). Love this quintessential Italian view out the window.
To get to the Musée d'Art Modern de la Ville de Paris take the Métro to Alma Marceau station and walk west along the Seine. Note the spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower.