Despite the maps, guides and television shows which tell you exactly what you should see when you are in Paris, you may find that your favorite places are those you discover on your own.
I was decked out in my best December running gear, traveling through the Metro (ever read how Parisians dress up to go our, not to mention in your gym trunks?) And plotting my course through the Latin Quarter, when I bumped up to the Musée de Cluny. Now I know where it’s at and after my first visit to The Cloisters in New York City, I had an introduction and hope that Cluny could be even better than the annex of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
It may be enough to spend one day exposed to “Masterpieces”
But, after that day, you start taking-them-for-granted, which is good because you can begin to form your own opinions
We join the pilgrimage up the stairs past Winged Victory to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre 1st-thing each day. It never gets old. Then roam these majestic spaces, sometimes extremely crowded, first just attempting to identify the artist.
And are surprised when a “Picasso” does not look like a “Picasso” or when we mistake another artist’s work for a “Picasso”
And then we begin to appreciate that “Picasso” extends far from the sculpture in the local plaza or the selected painting in the Art Institute. You begin to appreciate the range of his work and how it influenced other art.
but only for one week . . .
The Louvre or Musée d’Orsay?
One of these is an impressionist painting entitled Olympia, by David Manet
The other (neo-classical) is Juliette Récamier, by Jacques-Louis David
(a recamier is also a backless couch with a high curved headrest and low footrest – Merriam-Webster)
(le shah morr)
The Dead Cat Le Louvre
According to my Louvre Calendar, Le Chat Mort was acquired in 2003 and at one time “bought from a second-hand dealer who had no idea of the treasure in his hand”
Théodore Géricault (1791 – 1824)
1st Major Work: The Charging Chasseur and the Wounded Cuirassier
Known for: The Raft of the Medusa (1818)
Other areas of specialization:
10 Portraits of the Insane
Still Lives of Severed Heads and Limbs
Anatomy and Action of Horses
Géricault’s Grave at Pere Lachaise