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From Orsay, with Claire

Museum of fine arts between 1848-1914.
Formerly a train station. Formerly a train station.
I never get tired of it, and it had been years I hadn't visited it. They have moved things. Arthur Rimbaud is on the last floor now. I mean, the group portrait by Fantin-Latour featuring him and Verlaine. Also, I couldn't find La Prophétesse Libuse. Very odd square-ish painting in dark cobalt-blue tones.
Art Nouveau jewel Art Nouveau jewel
- by Lalique, probably.
It's the goddamn Batman's belt buckle! It's the goddamn Batman's belt buckle!
Wooden table Wooden table
Even the tables were works of art.
So funky. So funky.
It's in a stair turn.
I think it's by Lévy-Dhurmer. I think it's by Lévy-Dhurmer.
Who is mostly unknown, except I know I had seen some paintings of him that had struck me, among which an Ophelia, I think. I didn't want to flash it, but it's a very odd painting.
Pierre & Gilles installation Pierre & Gilles installation
Bleeh. Don't get me wrong, the sculpture is beautiful, but someone had the brilliant idea to use it for a "modern art" installation, so they put it on that fake grass & flowers bunch, and a couple of famous (and famously gay and camp) French photographers re-enacted the scene with a real model. You can see a bit of one of the resulting pictures in the back, behind the visitor. WTF, mate, WTF...
Sapho (1) Sapho (1)
No, really. The pose and the drapings are gorgeous. I think it's new (not the sculpture, the fact that it's at Orsay), or at least it wasn't at this "spotlight" place last time I came here.
Sapho (2) Sapho (2)
[Someone] et les Gracques. [Someone] et les Gracques.
We stood there wondering what a Gracque was, until we read the subtitle explaining the kids were the brothers Gracchus. Which really doesn't tell me who they are, but never mind.
The youth of Platon The youth of Platon
The title translated as "The youth of Aristote", and Claire asked if that was to mean "Aristote as a young man" or "Aristote's boy lover" ^__^ Well... In that case, it's the former, though other sculptures and paintings are much more shameless than that.
happy... happy...
For example, this one, especially exposed that way on a high pillar, which sort of puts a focus on... hum... a certain area. One-eyed monster looking at you ;)
Hermes Hermes
I guess one reason I like this museum is because artists of that time frame had closer beauty standards from mine, at least regarding men *grin* It's Hermes, by the way. The "horns" in his hair are actually winglets.
pretty pretty
Random trivia I learned recently : in older works, noble male characters were to be represented with, uhm, small male attributes. Whereas "lowly" anonymous ones, such as slaves or workers, were granted more consequent appendages. You'd have thought it would be the other way around, right?
camee camee
I love these blue camee-style thingies. So little, so detailed, so pretty. And I never figured out how they made them.
Andromeda medallion Andromeda medallion
Three-colored one. Andromeda, by the look of it.
Leda camee Leda camee
Arhmm... This is Leda. And the swan. Yeah, art is pervy. It doesn't take a genius to realize that 80% of these stuff were cultural excuses to have nudes around.
angel and baby angel and baby
Except this one, hopefully o_O Angel watching over a baby. Forgot the context.
Peter Pan? Peter Pan?
Now that pose it totally weird...
Hawk Hawk
Somebody watched too many Egyptian antiquities...
A book-binding study. A book-binding study.
I lurve the colors.
Crocodile 1 Crocodile 1
Hopefully, these next two weren't made to get horny over, either.
Crocodile 1 Crocodile 1
glass glass
Man, but they have weird things in this museum... It's a finely ciseled round glass.
Little Saint John the Baptiste. Little Saint John the Baptiste.
He's called St Jean-Baptiste in French, FYI.
Severine Severine
The similarity in pose is coincidental... Ah, Art Nouveau oddities, I heart thee.
Salammbo Salammbo
Woohoo! I have FINALLY managed to take a picture of Salammbo! (the black & white statue in the front).
The Wheel of Fortune, by Edward Burne-Jones. The Wheel of Fortune, by Edward Burne-Jones.
That's the painting you can see in the backgroun of the pic above. The only Pre-Raphaelite one I've seen in France, apart from temporary exhibitions. I love the velvety texture he gives to flesh, and his work on colors.
Pain Pain
It's the name of the Medusa-like figure in the front. o_O