May 7 – The Power of Imagination

Dear flowery May,

I decided to challenge myself because I owe you better than this: I promise you a surprise, something that will astonish you in a nice way during your stay with us!

It is not possible to continue in the same April rhythm: something must be your unique mark.

What? We will see, but I feel inspired.

I worked better in the first part of the day, more concentrated. I have still avoided the Platform – a sort of collective where artists, producers, and event organizers meet- and went with my computer on the café just across the street from where I live. Not my usual café, but it has wi-fi. I haven’t met another important artist beside myself, as Fitzgerald did when he met Hemingway. But you never know 🙂

In the second part, I socialized. My mentor has organized an exhibition of a well-known artist, it was the inauguration. I could leave the poor guy alone for one day. I focused instead on the artist, a charming 40 something year-old. As a token of bravery I decided to engage a conversation with him. Another woman my age, was close and she seemed to know everything about his work. She was in admiration, and she asked intelligent questions as I overheard. I felt ashamed to only have googled him before going. When my turn came, I admitted it was the first exposition of his I went to, but had an inspiration. I said that his work reminded me of X, a Greek artist who happened to be one of his favorites. Did I know her? Vaguely, to be honest. But I accepted to organize something with both of them in the future. I dared invite him in my summer event. If I get the Greek also, my summer event will be a success!

And since I’de rather not reveal the exhibition I went to, I post information on this one I would like to attend: Gustave Doré and the Power of Imagination at the Musée d’Orsay!

 

 

Gustave Doré is without doubt one of the most prodigious artists of the 19th century. At barely fifteen years of age he began a career as a caricaturist and then professional illustrator – which brought him international fame – before embracing all areas of creativity: drawing, painting, watercolour, engraving and sculpture.
As an illustrator, Doré set himself the challenge of the greatest texts (the Bible, Dante, Rabelais, Perrault, Cervantes, Milton, Shakespeare, Hugo, Balzac, Poe), which turned him into a real purveyor of European culture. He thus occupies a special place in contemporary collective imagination, from van Gogh to Terry Gilliam, not to mention his undoubted influence on comic books.

http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/events/exhibitions/in-the-musee-dorsay/exhibitions-in-the-musee-dorsay/article/gustave-dore-37172.html?S=&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=254&cHash=2a50ac0116&print=1&no_cach

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May 6- Paris and relationships: past, present and future

Hello May,

what’s up? You were changing moods today: from rainy to sunny and windy. We didn’t know how to dress. I was almost running to get back home from my meeting with an old University classmate. She is currently living in Geneva, and came to Paris for a few days. It was nice to catch up. It has been three years since we last met; she had come with her husband. This time, we could have some girl-talk. I suggested the Rotonde, for a drink, a mythical restaurant of Montparnasse, the area were artists had taken their headquarters, at the beginning of 20th century.

She then asked me to take a look at another place she knew -a bar, ‘the Scott’- named after Scott Fitzgerald who used to hang around in this area, with Hemingway. It was as if we were going back to the Montparnasse of the 1920s and 30s; or as if we were entering Woody Allen’s film on Paris. She told me about an old fortune teller who had grasped her hand.

We looked from the window. I was almost relieved that the fortune teller was not there. I don’t know if I would have liked him to start mumbling something.

After a brief summary of my love life, as we were walking, my friend concluded that I am in love with love; that I prefer romantic fantasies to living with someone who will get on my nerves every day.

I guess everybody can get in our nerves at some point. But I believe there are people who are happy to be with each other, even if they fight from time to time. Was she judging based on her experience? Is she really happy with her husband?

I love being in love, but I don’t want to indulge into fantasies. It is like the Montparnasse of the past; it is ok to go there for a while, with a tourist friend, to spend an hour in this scenery. It is like watching a film. Paris has a past, but also a present and a future. Even when it comes to the architecture. Take the pyramid in front of the Louvre museum, as an example.

I love being in love with someone I can hold, and who holds me back. Imagination is here to spice our lives.

Oh, what did I do concerning work? I have advanced on the project proposal today, but worked from home. I will go to the Platform when I will feel strong enough.

The photo is coming from : http://www.itaste.com/list/restaurant/fr/paris-6eme/la-rotonde-montparnasse.html