Thursday, December 11, 2008

Liberté, égalité, Fraternité, Mesnager!


I already posted one of these stencils once on PDP - photographed in Montmartre - but at that time I did not know who the artist was. Now, thanks to the last post, I know his name is Jérôme Mesnager and that he's done this on several walls in Paris, especially in the 20th arrondissement. I photographed this one in the 3rd, on the back of a building that was probably previously a school or some sort of official building for, as you can see, it shows our motto: "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité" !

33 comments:

  1. I like the look of these stencils. I saw the one in Montmartre last year and thought of you and PDP immediately!

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  2. I like the conceptualized figures. They're a little bit like those wooden artists' models.

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  3. (Minuit 01, c'est pas une heure pour poster. LOL)

    That's really nice, I like street art, graffitis, posters etc. I know another PDPer who will be glad too. Where has she been lately btw?! (Hey, PHXXXXX!).
    I didn't remember the artist name but that's right, you can see his drawings everywhere in Paris.

    "Liberté,Egalité,Fraternité", 3 forgotten words nowadays...

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  4. Hey Cali!

    There's a lot of street art in Paris isn't there. Is it tolerated/appreciated/encouraged?

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  5. Wow - I have photos of some of this guy's art from my trip! How exciting!

    You must have so many moments when something just grabs your attention as you flit thru Paris on your scooter, Eric. I picture Eric adroitly maneuvering thru the intersections, then skidding to a halt when something calls out to him. There's Eric blasting up the side streets and whipping out his camera and snap....snap, snap! There's Eric, first in the pack, buzzing across the Seine, eagle eye out in the golden hour, pointing his camera west in the morning and east in the evening, and all for us! Pretty swell. Thanks, Eric!!

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  6. I really like the three panels of backlit gold and green hued glass in the windows above the people. It really makes the photo work especially well.

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  7. L.E.F. makes me think of Leffe which goes well with Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite. ;-) Cool you were able to find Menager's work elsewhere, Eric. I do remember your other photograph. I'm sure PHX will appreciate adding this to her growing collection. BTW...the Fraternite on right looks like quite the dance to be attending. More Leffe please! lol

    Cali...speedy GF.

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  8. Oooh very groovy. Last day of my externship tomorrow, yay! And I only have to go in for 2 hours! It's been so much fun, I'm gonna miss the place.

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  9. One of my all time PDP favorites! So evocative!

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  10. I love this Eric. The brick and lettering on the building are as beautiful as the stencil art. I suggest your readers enlarge this to get the full effect.

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  11. Draw me a democracy? Hmm, je ne parle pas de francais tres bien. It's a fluid image, very dynamic. A statement for gay rights, n'est-ce pas? Nicely placed under the motto.

    Oops! It's the night of the 10th (here in the middle of North America) and I completely forgot to start my Christmas mind. I'll need to make a shopping list tomorrow. Let's see, liberty and equality are seeing a slight rise in the market, but fraternity is still scarce.

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  12. I am on the up and up here tonight! I am not participating in any shinanigans! I have a legitimate question for you Eric. I photographed a similar image in the Marais. It was just one figure on a doorway as I recall. There we no words that I remember. Is it by the same artist do you think?
    V

    Oh and Carrie, I didn't know Eric rode a scooter. In Paris traffic? Eric, do you want to end up looking like Gumby???

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  13. This is quite an extensive display of Jérôme Ménager's work. I wonder if he gets permission to do this or it's done in the dark of the night. Click here for some more examples.

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  14. Way to go, Cali!
    Very interesting (and well composed), Eric! Thanks.
    And thanks, Michael, for the link. I would just love to come upon Mesnager one day doing one of these (or maybe it would have to be one night, if he does them on the sly)!

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  15. Thanks Michael for the link. I am sure now that my photo is by the same artist. When I post it on my Paris Photo blog I wil link to yours and Eric's.
    V

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  16. This is fantastic. Are we seeing in through the windows, Eric? It looks like it. I love it. I'd like this building even without the art, but the art is wonderful.

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  17. I like it!

    Les 3 mots qui se terminent en T ;)

    More !!! :)

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  18. I like what he does, thanks for the link ,Michael. We should drop him a text sms, no? He put his phone number ;)

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  19. The triple garage door makes the place look like a fire station. But then the motto doesn't really fit. Odd, that one.

    I love the stenciled work.

    And sorry for not commenting every day but yesterday's photo was FANTASTIC!

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  20. Hey, he matched the words of your motto! Cool. I especially like the dancing couples for fraternité.

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  21. I love the way the artist made his figures act on the words above them. Interesting and thought-provoking.

    Great photo again, Eric! How do you manage it?

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  22. Great observation Christie. I was focused on the figures and not the link with the words, but you so excellently pointed it out. Merci!

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  23. I can now reveal I, too, have joined the ranks of those posting a penis on their blog (- Eric). What have you started? LOL.

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  24. .. and in view of it, I've turned incognito for the time being. lol.

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  25. I love Jerome Mesnager!
    We can see lots of this White Bodies in the hotel des Academies et des Arts, in Paris. It's a very nice hotel in the Montparnasse area.

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