Long Lines make me Ingres 😡 | I skipped the Louvre this round in favor of Musée d'Orsay. Purchased my ticket ahead of time, arrived, and was standing in front of my first Van Gogh in under 5 minutes. Impatience meets impressionism.#Travelgoings#GalaxyNote9
Nothing like a nudge from a friend to remind you not to neglect your ‘gram 😉 lots of other expo posts are in the pipeline but I wanted to add one last post for the “Picasso.bleu et rose” exhibit at the Musée d’Orsay. I actually attended the show the same day as the Ford-Kavanaugh hearings and couldn’t help thinking about differing versions and interpretations of similar events in Picasso’s life and that of many of his friends. Picasso and women is a topic too long for one IG post but during my visit to the expo I was struck by his portrayals of his friend Carmes Casagemas, who is repeatedly described as a friend who committed suicide after a failed love affair. Although Picasso’s portrayals of Casagemas after his death in the monumental blue period piece “Life” and as a Van Gogh-style saint (scroll left) make him seem an Everyman or a martyr, Casagemas actually committed suicide after trying to shoot and kill a young woman who rebuffed him. An excerpt from a newspaper at the time gives a bit more detail but the fact that the legacy that apprises most vividly on is a flattering portrait of a this figure feels if not outright problematic, at least worthy of some criticism even if it’s over a century later.
Scènes de crime à Orsay de Christos Markogiannakis, Ed. Le passage.
A nouveau après le Louvre Christos Markogiannakis pose son regard sur les œuvres d'un grand musée et l'expert à double casquette, historien de l'art/criminologue poursuit l'investigation. Le choix des œuvres sort des sentiers battus du musée, beaucoup de sujets antiques, propices à des meurtres et des vengeances sanglantes mais pas que. J'aime toujours lorsque l'on permet à l'art de prendre sa place dans la société, de trouver un angle singulier qui montre qu'il est un reflet vivant du monde qui entoure les artistes et que leur regard, ce qu'ils ont voulu faire de leur art ne s'épuise jamais d'être analysé, interprété, et surtout admiré.
Dancer Looking at the Sole of her Right Foot by Edgar Degas, displayed at the Musée D’Orsay. ⠀
Degas is considered one of the founders of Impressionism, an art movement from the 19th-century. This statue was discovered in his art studio after his death in 1917. It was originally made of beeswax and other materials that would have rapidly deteriorated, but was cast in bronze for preservation.