Sunday, June 30, 2019

Musee d'Orsay: Favorites And Biggies

The Musee d'Orsay opened in 1986, and, according to my journals and pix, we first visited in 1989, on the first Sherouse European Family Vacation. We have visited it every time we've been in Paris since. The period of art history it covers, 1848 to 1914, is one of our favorites, and every visit brings new discoveries and insights. We were there again on June 18th.
One of the better up-cyclings the world will ever see: the late 19th century railway
portal into Paris from the west and north...just four tracks, according to the exhibit
on the history of the place; and now one of the world's great museums

Manet's Le Dejeuner sur l' with

Titian's Pastoral Concert, which, I've read, Manet walked past everyday during
his studies in the Louvre

On the subject of homage, Fanton-Latour's Homage to Delacroix, featuring
several of the intellectual, literary, and artistic biggies of the day

Extreme close-up: Fantin-Latour and Charles Baudelaire

A favorite view, which you now have to fight to get without all the morons
doing selfies

Some train station!

Renoir's Dance at the Moulin de la Galette

French field-trip: they march in quietly, seat themselves in front of the painting,
listen as the teacher tells them about it, take notes on their little assignment sheets,
a few hands go up to ask or answer questions, and they move on; everyone around
them in awe; we've seen this in museum after museum, cathedral after cathedral;
if there's any hope for humanity, it's probably in France

Monet, La Rue Montogeuil, fete du 30 juin, 1878; not
Victory over Prussia Day

Degas, The Dance Class

Degas, Absinthe; personal favorite (just kidding)

Monet, Giverny; scene design for recent Woody Allen movie

Look, kids! It's the Houses of Parliament!

Renoir's Young Girls at the Piano

Cezanne, The Card Players; wait a second! didn't we just see this at the Louis

Cezanne, The Solitaire Player, or, Sacre Bleu, I Ran Out of Canvas!

Love this place

Spare parts

But wait! There's more! It's not all in strict chronological or other order, but
rather depends on who donated what, when, and under what stipulations...we'll
seen an extreme case in a later post; anyhow, this is Van Gogh's The Siesta,
perhaps in that same fateful wheat field...

The Orsay's Mona Lisa

Gustave Courbet, The Painter's Studio, 1855; love Courbet... 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Provins Medieval Fair, 3

And sure enough...
Funny faces! Some with original Medieval paint!

Not sure what these ladies were doing...a scriptorium

All lights aglow, probably doing penance for converting the church to secular
purposes during the fair...but don't worry, we'll still have Bingo Monday night

Playing a 16-string nyckelharpa--look it up--she was good,
and very popular with the crowd

For me, Best of Show...a human-powered merry-go-round

So many people in costume, some apparently
authentic, many authentically amusing

Where we had lunch, carb-free galettes

By mid-afternoon the crowds were overwhelming

Medieval dumpster

Jack? Jack Sparrow?!

Steps down to the Medieval book store


And the show goes on

A 12th century hospital for the poor

Provins' walls

Much as they might have looked eight centuries fair ever!

Provins Medieval Fair, 2

Continuing our coverage of the fantabulous 2019 Provins Medieval fair, best fair ever...
No costume? No problem!

So Middle Earth was Medieval? Of course, Vicki says

Chewbacca? What are you doing here?!

Caped crusader

Beautiful little princess

View of the castle and the church: from the leper colony

Thus; seriously

Boost your immune system with anti-leprosy wine; souvenir glasses available

Parish church, collegiale, which we'll visit shortly

The Tour Cesar, 12th century, watch-tower, but could pass for a castle for many
of us

Hildegarde's wines--there's Hildegarde herself

Nap-time for tiny Medievalist

Fruit juices from the monks, in  case you've have too much Hildegarde; the
abundant humor everywhere was wonderful

The guy playing the bells outside the church was a show-stopper

Until he crashed

In the US we have Washington slept here; in France, Jean d'Arc prayed here

Inside the church; I don't think it's Viking Lines... (click to enlarge)

The church is 13th century, but the dome is 17th, after the
usual fire

While others are looking at the exhibits in the church--mostly booksellers--I am
 examining the capitals...

And sure enough...