Friday, February 06, 2009

Marianne, the French Republic


Once again I went to the Senate today, for a work thing. I really like this place; it's beautiful, perfectly located (within the Luxembourg gardens) and... full of history. Hence the amazing collection of Mariannes (Marianne is the generic name given to the French Republic) that they have on display on the lower floor. I did not know which one to choose... [8:00 am update] Sorry for the photo not showing! It's partially my fault and Blogger's!

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  1. Okay, the picture's not coming up on my computer. Why?? At any ratre, I always associate Marianne with Catherine Deneuve.

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  2. So was Deneuve the model for Marianne at some point?

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  3. BTW, I deserve GF today—I've been refreshing for a loooong time here!

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  4. Can I make it 5 in a row? Let's see . . .

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  5. yes, yes, yes, It is yours, Alexa!!
    I can't get the posted picture either.

    I did a report on Marianne for my French class, and yes, Deneuve was a model for her, once. There is a great statue of Marianne in Place de la Republic. In my research, I found that the hat she wears was based on the hat all freed slaves wore in the Roman times.

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  6. There is a glitch, Eric....your fans are waiting for their picture, Eric.....hurry up, Eric....ERIC!

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  7. I'm guessing Eric est aller faire dodo at this hour. If so, I hope he logs on in the morning or the problem solves itself while he is getting his beauty rest.
    That's some interesting info you've provided, phx! I'll bet you got a A+ on your report.

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  8. Oh that's beautiful Eric! How marvellous that you finally dared to swing naked from the chandalier for us! What a great pic and how photogenic you are. My, My. I am delighted.... (I especially like your adventurous...pose...if I might say so...giggle). Hurrah!

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  9. Oh dear, how can I get my daily fix of Paris? I shall have to wait until tomorrow.

    Sweet dreams, Eric, and may you notice the picture is not there soon! :)

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  10. Oh. Dear. Why, can't you see it girls? Oh that IS a pity. It's...quite superb! Chortle. :)

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  11. Uh, oh.. Marianne doesn't load!!

    LOL, Lois!

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  12. I found these Marianne busts with features of Brigitte Bardot - Catherine Deneuve - Mireille Mathieu at the France.com website.

    http://www.france.com/gallery/gallery_item.cfm?id=771

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  13. Oh non. J'ai peur des coincidences.
    J'ai comme un mauvais présage: je suis en train de réviser un cours pour un examen demain intitulé "Art et Politique au XIXème siècle", qui traite de la statuaire républicaine, JUSTEMENT. Et le fait que tu en parles ce soir, et que Marianne n'apparaisse pas...je n'aime pas ça. ça veut peut être dire que mon partiel est annulé...ou que je vais le rater...

    Je divague! I need some sleep. Nite nite.

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  14. Guille, there is no BAD omen here. It is a good omen, in that you have NOTHING to worry about.

    Smile!

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  15. Marianne est le symbole de la république.

    Hence the statue at Place de la République.

    Brigit Bardot was also a model for it during the 70's.

    Eric, quelque chose n'a pas marché. On ne peut pas voir le photo.

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  16. Guille, get some sleep! It's just Blogger acting up! Friday the 13th isn't for a while yet ;)

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  17. ..quelle coincidence, Guille. Dormez bien, et bonne chance.

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  18. O Marianne, Marianne! Wherefore art thou Marianne?

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  19. "I did not know which one to choose..." so you wisely chose none! Very unpredictable and how smart to leave it to our imaginations. Or is the statue covered in snow?

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  20. PHX, I just read at the France.com site that the hat was Roman inspired just as you wrote.

    They also said "Why is it a woman and not a man who represents the Republic? One could find the answer to this question in the traditions and mentality of the French, suggests the historian Maurice Agulhon, who set out on a detailed investigation to discover the origins of Marianne. Note also that both liberté and république are feminine words in French."

    mentality :^s What? hahahahaha

    They also list the women who were considered, chosen or voted to become a Marianne. It's a long list.

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  21. No bad omen? Just a Blogger problem?.. Okay. Thank you guys.

    A good omen? The name of my mother is Marianne. :)

    Off to bed!

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  22. Definitely a Blogger problem. Couldn't even load the blog through Blogger, had to go directly through the domain "parisdailyphoto.com" instead but still no Marianne...

    (I wonder if this is somehow related to the snide comments we were making a couple of days ago about Microsoft? ;) Perhaps it's an operating system retaliation problem? ;)

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  23. So, Eric is human. We're so disappointed, as we consider him a deity! A good discussion, even so. And tomorrow I will follow some of the links. Right now, off to the health club. It's probably good there is no photo so I don't spend too much time here instead of going for exercise. Several months of being an invalid to catch up on.

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  24. My imagination tells me Marianne is a classy babe! Probably like Alexa suggests...a Deneuve semblance.

    Guille...I echo the others. Get some sleep, rest your brain, and I'm sure you'll do fine. A Guinness awaits! ;-)

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  25. Here I am at 7:00 and no photo. I had s Blogger problem the other day, too.

    Wasn't Laetitia Casta a model for Marianne, too?

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  26. Alors, ma Guille -- I'm curious to see Eric's photo, but now also to know how you did on your examen (que tu ne vas surement pas rater (j'en suis positive)!

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  27. Marianne exists!

    I am sure it is Blogger's fault and not yours. You, sir, are perfect!

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  28. As you said that you did not know which one to choose, I am wondering what the other Marianne you shoted look like ! Well, sure this one is well chosen, a bit elusive and thoughtful.
    I am pretty sure that taken from another angle, the photo would have made this face appear in a different way : more fighting for instance. Or closer. But this effect of yours is great. Because you are human (well Jeff said it!) and thought it like that. Hope you enjoyed your time.

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  29. That's the PDP spirit - Carry on regardless even when there was no PDP!
    Love it!

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  30. At last we see her, ahhhh she is lovely.
    Marianne is a good omen for you Guille and, as I write, you are also writing your exam. Bonne chance, ma chere. N'inquiete pas. x

    Eric just look at the fluster we get into when your pics are absent! We miss the picture but also, when there has been no posting at all, on rare occasions, we worry about you! There are so many people now in the world who, when Paris is mentioned, they think "Eric". How does that feel?

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  31. Oh dear. We British are rattled by Sarkozy today. Yesterday apparently he told an audience he would not be 'repeating Britain's economic mistakes' - what does he mean? I thought fairly recently he was praising Brown for his financial leadership? Not that I'm a fan of Brown...
    Eric, you and I cannot argue, it cannot be so.... ;)

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  32. So, Eric -- there she is and there you are as well.
    Yes, your band of faithful followers will always be here no matter what the glitch. No photo? No matter! This Marianne front & center does look like Deneuve to me, btw.

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  33. The weather is fabulous in Paris today.
    I wish I could have a walk in the Luxembourg gardens instead of working!.... Or I wish I could say like Eric, who says that better than anyone, I have to go there... for a work thing, pfff!

    Well, I'll do my very best -- to be as smart as he is ;)Sure it's worth while!

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  34. Its so great to be able to pop in and post! I've been too busy for a while.

    I went to bed last night laughing - there were 28 comments(as many as we often get total) without any photo at all! The Seinfeld Show used to call itself the show about nothing. But they were speaking figuratively, they always had a whole plot going on - we actually had "nothing", making it a very successful go at a Blog about Nothing!! : )

    Now that I'm awake this morning and see the Something - its very nice! I wish our country had a figure that we had used real women as the model for to represent our country - it gives the historic symbol a separate, real connection to the history of the people.

    Thanks for your link to the other Marianne info on France.com, too, Lois. Congrats on GF5, Alexa. And, Guille - good luck to you, too! :)

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  35. I waited yesterday, trying to be GF, refreshing, refreshing...I finally had to go. I missed all the fun! Or some of it. This Marianne does remind me of Deneuve, Alexa. Maybe it's because she's blonde!

    Bonne chance, Guille!

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  36. Ouiiiiii! Twas a good omen. This exam went pretty well, and the subject was the political utilisation of statues (can't really translate...).
    Thank u all!
    Exams over, off to the pub. ;)

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  37. Beautiful angle.
    I am wondering what this Marianne may think about ? Maybe : 'not easy every time but love it soooo much'. ;)
    Had to say it.

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  38. Bibi: Because I did that paper on Marianne, I know that the top right figure is Laticia Casta as Marianne.

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