Monday, March 23, 2009

A view on the Théâtre de la ville


You're looking at Le Théâtre de la ville, a theatre located at Place du Chatelet in front of the Théâtre du Chatelet from where I took this photo. The Théâtre de la ville was built between 1860 and 1862 after the plans of architect Gabriel Davioud. It then burnt in 1871 after the riots of La Commune, then rebuilt on the exact same plans (except the inside) in 1874. The famous French actress Sarah Bernhartd "rented" it in 1899 and gave it her name (until the German occupation).

35 comments:

  1. I love the light in this shot, Eric. And I've always had a thing for "La Bernhardt" as well, so thanks!

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  2. Did you take this shot very late at night, I wonder. Don't see a whole lot of people here—or maybe they're all in the theater.

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  3. The various lines and shaPES captured my eyes, such as the round object in the top right, the way the trees end just so, the column in the middle etc. Also interesting are how all the tones just blend mostly around the same tones.
    Congradulations to the Gold Standard Alexa!!!

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  4. oops, tones blend together.

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  5. Beautiful, what a great view you had from inside the Théatre du Chatelet.

    What is this column in the middle, what does the statue on the top stands for?
    (I know you away on holidays so won't be able to answer it, sooo if anyone know what is this column please enlight me)

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  6. It's a pleasure to gaze on it and think of Bernhardt gracing it with her presence (as if it needed gracing!).

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  7. Another Paris beauty. I also like seeing the apartments in the background. One of my favorite things about Paris is that almost wherever one walks, there is something beautiful to see.

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  8. So much to love here ~ and that fountain monument/structure is magnificent.

    The Divine Alexa, congrats GF! Will you be basking in the glow of footlights on your crown today?

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  9. Cool!!! Very unusual angle, almost ethereal. Well done!

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  10. Shell -- check out William Downey's portrait of Bernhardt in Eric's link—that's what the crown looks like today!

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  11. And a mighty spectacular choice you've made, Alexa ~ divine for sure!

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  12. I would expect no less a crown from you, Alexa!

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  13. Eric has a day-lit shot of the central fountain here.

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  14. C'est magnifique! Absolument étonnant!! Il ne faut pas dire que j'aime Paris!!

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  15. Though the night blankets some of the visual, the lighting offers so much magical atmosphere. Looks like Eric's also captured one of the hangout spots for Parisian motorcyclists. I'm still looking for the Harley but don't see it. LOL Congrats Alexa! et Merci Tall Gman for the links. Always grand.
    ;-)

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  16. Yes TG, thanks so much for the links! Do you have a photographic memory for Eric's posts?

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  17. Very pretty photo. Perfectly Parisian. I confess I have not taken notice of these two theaters before. I'm always stunned by Tour St. Jacques as I walk through the area. Or intent on meeting someone at the Chatelet Metro.

    When the name Sarah Bernhardt is mentioned, my brain immediately thinks of the portrait in Le Petite Palais by Georges Clarin.

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  18. And her tombstone in Pere Lachaise.

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  19. PHX: the round object is a faux planter. The second floor (1ere etage) looks like a glass-enclosed balcony, with planters along the railing. (Thank you Googlemaps!)

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  20. How do I search PDP? (TG will know.) I want to find a particular photo.

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  21. Petrea, at the top left, next to the red and white Blogger icon, there is a space where you can "SEARCH BLOG." If you want only that one photo on the page, after you have found what you are looking for, re-type the title of that photo in the same search area.

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  22. Lovely photo Eric; the soft sepia tones are a perfect foreground to such a beautiful theatre.

    I do hope that we are not tiring you out too much here in Adelaide but it is such a joy to have you staying with us and there is so much more we would like you to see.

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  23. Is it even possible that a trip to Australia could be complete without a visit to Brisbane? (Thinking about Shell Sherree).

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  24. I don't know if one can ever get tired of beautiful buildings...

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  25. {Why, thank you, Tall Gary ;) Brisbane's a beautiful city ~ relaxed and vibrant. So much to see, so little time, especially with the Benauts being such charming hosts :) Hopefully we're on Eric's map next time he comes...}

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  26. Wow, thanks Jeff (and always TGman). Will take a more detailed look next time I am there.

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  27. Petrea - if you want to, you can also search through the libelles below the photos and find one (or more) that sounds like it would cover the topic of the photo you're looking for. Then, just click on it and all of the pix under that topic will come up. I like it for cruising images.

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  28. Checking out Eric's Sarah Bernhardt link I was surprised to find that not only was she a consummate dramatic artist but she was an accomplished sculptor as well. Sarah Bernhardt Sculpture

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  29. Merci for the suggestions, everyone.

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  30. Did she rent this whole building? Damn, that is living!

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  31. LOL, From Cali! Imagine the long walk for a midnight snack ...

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