Paris, la ville lumière. After my bike journey from Amsterdam to Paris, I spent one week in the city, staying at different friends and exploring the various arrondissements. One of the most impressive museums that I visited was, of course, the Louvre.
Blogging about the Louvre is an impossible task, one can maybe select a few things and write about them, like I already did once with The Fall of Icarus. This time around, I’d like to write a bit about one of the pieces in there which captured me the most: the Code of Hammurabi.
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Picasso painted Girl With a Mandolin in 1910. I just think it’s a really, really cool painting.
PS: I could have used an “official” picture of this painting. It would have probably been of a better quality. I just like to use these pics that I took myself. I don’t know, it feels like more authentic and less of a schoolbook.
Marc Chagall has always been very important to me because one of his prints was hung in my parents’ room. I’ll maybe talk more about that one if I ever get to see it live. After learning more about the guy years later (recently, to be honest), I found one more connection: look at this painting and I’ll tell you about it after.
In this self portrait, he depicts two places: his home country (Russia, in the top-right corner) and his expat land (can you guess which one?). “The parallel landscapes linger over the artist, emblematic of his expatriate condition, torn between the traditions of home and the opportunities of the modern world”.
Noteworthy, his left hand has seven fingers. Maybe a reference to the Jewish tradition or maybe a intuition about the future movie Gattaca. Check the movie out, I watched in Geraldton, Australia and it’s great.
For many, Matisse is just one of the Aristocats‘ kittens. Before being a cat though, he was a famous French painter who belonged to a few different movements: Fauvism, Impressionism, Modernism and, I declare, Matissism. Why not.
This particular work is not even a real “painting”: once too ill for painting, Matisse used the aid of a few assistants to cut the shapes out of colored paper and glue them on to the canvas. You can identify two figures, a parrot and a marmaid, which replaced a snail that was originally there. Matisse was confined home, and said of this piece: “I have made a little garden all around me, where I can walk”.
This colored garden is at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.