Tuesday, February 24, 2009

paris neige

"Rooftops in the Snow" Gustave Caillebotte
[c.1878; oil on canvas; 64 x 82 cm]
Collection Musée d'Orsay, Paris

from the few times it snows in Paris and the snow actually sticks around long enough for an artist to capture his impressions of a whitened and muted city...albeit over a hundred years ago...
[this painting and a few other [snowless] ones by Caillebotte at the Musée d'Orsay draw me back over and over to revisit his luminous and charmed world...]

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

fiat lux

from a clutch of multi-coloured lightbulbs' haphazard installation in the temple of modern art...

to the ornate clusters of glittering crystal drops in the church of saint-paul-saint-louis...
drawn to the light like so many tired tattered moths...always hoping to behold a softer, sweeter luminosity...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

of lamps lighted very late...

dans un coin le ciel délivré
aux épines de l'orage laisse des boules blanches.
dans un coin plus clair de tous les yeux
on attend des poissons d'angoisse.

dans un coin la voiture de verdure de l'été
immobile glorieuse et pour toujours.
à la lueur de la jeunesse
des lampes allumées très tard...

[From "Max Ernst" by Paul Eluard]

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