Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Return to the Maillol Museum


Aren't I lucky. Not only do I live in the most beautiful city in the world (LOL!) but on top of that I got hundreds of happy birthday messages from you all! Thank you very much indeed, even though I did not have enough time to answer every single one of you personally. Today's photo was taken in the Maillol Museum where I went - again! - last Sunday and caught a tourist in the act of taking a picture ;) The painting in the background is by CarlConrad Felixmüller and is part of the current exhibit "Germany: the black years".

31 comments:

  1. Now you know you're REALLY famous, when you don't 'have time to reply to each of you personally' - why, the rich and famous, those in demand always say such things! You have arrived, dear Eric!

    You have put an original slant on a photo of a painting. Wonderful.

    Am i first again? Am I?... :)

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  2. I am. Ah, little things please little minds.

    You were lucky today, Eric. You avoided being tricked at Cheltenham. he he.

    You and i are going to bed earlier aren't we? Well, we did used to stay up so late, you and I, way past midnight - i think the new habit will be good for us ;)

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  3. Oh Eric, if I had known it was your birthday yesterday, I would have wished you happy. Since I just found out today, I would do it a day late, but all those good wishes might go to your head. ;)

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  4. I love how your mind works. Greaaat idea for a picture!!!

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  5. LOL...nothing!! It is the most beautiful city in the world...no question!! But then I think perhaps most of us are a bit prejudiced here..ehhh??

    I love the closeup of this when one can see the painting in your viewfinder!! Fantastic!!

    By the way..the birthday message from yesterday had a second part...it was Stevie Wonder singing the MLK birthday song which was celebrated today[Monday]in the US!! Have another great day..it's the day after your day..still a reason to celebrate!! LOL!!

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  6. I can hear the the US candidates debating from my TV in the other room. Their sounds make this man from the painting really come alive.

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  7. I'm usually late (Lynn, I'll never be first!), being on the west coast of the U.S. and always checking late in the day. But it's no excuse for being a day late to wish a happy birthday to you, Eric!

    What a great shot.

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  8. Sounds like you had a good birthday Eric, but you didn't really tell us what you did with your day! Do tell, do tell!

    This exhibit at the Maillol is really interesting, and when I was there it was full of German speaking visitors obviously fascinated with the subject covered.

    Another painter I liked who was on display from the same era was Otto Dix. A really interesting period for artists of this time.

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  9. The musée Maillol should also definitely be on the list of museums to see while in Paris if you're here for more than a few days. It's small enough to do in a couple of hours and always seems to have interesting exhibits.

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  10. g.bush now that u are putting this painting [which i did not even liked] in the context of politic it becomes noble ... yes this painting is uggly enough

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  11. Bonne anniversaire Eric!

    Had I known it was your birthday I would have given you well wishes sooner.

    Tonight my 2 best friends and I got together, had a bottle of Sancerre Rose 2005 that I purchased at Nicolas in Paris last May, and watched Paris Je T'aime (them for the first time, me for the 4th). So, let's just say I was subconsciously celebrating your birthday, okay? Deal!

    Bisous d'anniversaire pour vous!

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  12. i did not visit this museum when I visited the 'most beautiful city' the last time. haha...

    maybe one day....

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  13. Joyeux anniversaire! Sorry I am late in sending you my best birthday wishes. :) Keep up the great photos - this is one of my favourite daily photo blogs!

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  14. Hi!sorry for delay.happy birthday dear Eric !

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  15. Your birthday is set to last for about a week Eric, great! Yes what DID you do for the day and evening? We want details. Michael and i are curious to know if it is something you can tell publicly! Whose hand is taking the photo in the photo by the way, it cannot be yours?

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  16. Hi Eric,
    Very creative shot. Apparently the older the better ;)

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  17. Happy belated Birthday Eric. You should adopt Elizabeth's approach...which is to consider it "birthday MONTH" (at least when it comes to hers).
    Another nice shot today. Always a unique perspective from you. BTW, did you ever make it to the train exhibit at the Grand Palais? I remember you PDPed (yes, it is also a verb) a picture of one of the trains before it was installed inside. Way cool.

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  18. wow! i love paris. thanks for giving more info about your very lovely place. i love to live there someday! so much ART!

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  19. I enjoy Otto Dix, too, Michael. I notice he has been getting a lot of play lately in museum exhibitions.

    Anonyme..I haven't seen the exhibition yet, but I would bet that most of the subjects are political in nature, as that was what most of those German painters were painting then.

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  20. A museum is a great theme. I saw the "Burghers of Calais" at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA. The same characters as the one in le Musee Rodin, but set much closer together than the one in Paris. It made it even more intense. I learned from PDP that there are several versions of this sculpture around the world, so I guess I was celebrating Eric's birthday and didn't even know it! Thanks for the great education, mon ami. The Norton Simon has a fantastic collection of Impressionists and Van Goghs, as well as a few Maillol sculptures.

    Bonne anniversaire (Je suis retard, peut etre, mai je suis heureux que vous conaitre un an encore.)

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  21. A late happy birthday Eric for yesterday. Hope you had a great dinner last night.

    Am surprised you could photograph in a gallery or museum. Is it allowed in Paris? I tried photographing in a church in Menton - also in a museum - both in Menton - and was stopped. Same in Monaco.

    Perhaps the tourist - and you - just grabbed a quick shot with no one looking? I'm curious as to the law, if there is one.

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  22. Je regarde tous les jours ton blog et je l'adore ! Mais je ne laisse pas de message sauf aujourd'hui quand j'apprends que c'est ton anniversaire ! Alors Happy Birthday ! un peu en retard mais très sincère !!! et en plus tu as droit à un gros bisou ! (On peut quand c'est pour un birthday ?!)Claudine la fidèle lectrice !!

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  23. What a pleasant way to see a painting!!
    Did you enjoy the exhibition? I did.
    The expressionism is a fabulous movement, full of strong feelings and commited against the war and its atrocities...One of my favorite.
    I really really like this picture.
    By the way, I think it's more Conrad Felixmüller than Carl Felixmüller ... :)

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  24. Jilly here is a ''small'' answer on this topic

    The interdiction of taking picture inside a museum (display of works attracting copyright) is due to the Berne Convention (signed and implemented by USA, France, UK, …). The general provision of Article 9 (1) provides that authors of literary and artistic works ... shall have the exclusive right of authorizing the reproduction of these works, in any manner or form.

    The protection lasts for 70 years in Europe starting from the day of the death of the authors.

    Regarding church buildings (work of architecture) which in UK (for France I don’t know) are protected by copyright it should be stressed that many churches are a little too old to qualify. This could be the same for the works inside (sculptures, paintings, you name it).
    If you want to know more go on wiki and put ‘copyright’.

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  25. Love the photo! Wishing you a very Happy (but belated) Birthday. Yes indeed, Paris is the most beautiful city, truly and forever. I just got returned from a week long trip and am completely entranced by all I experienced there. I even saw some of the places and street art you have posted here! Thank you again for all your wonderful photos and postings. :)

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  26. Thanks again everyone for wishing me a happy birthday (merci Claudine!). You're all so nice to me.

    (Mind you, this year I have had many messages which is very nice but also gives me the feeling I'm aging more than usual!!)

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