Paris in August- 5 days of Graves, Skulls, and Red Sancerre

I didn’t know you were this packed, Paris. I mean, I know everyone loves you and everyone’s supposed to love you even if they don’t really. But seriously, the traffic? I wanted to throw myself into the Seine at one point. Instead I just collapsed on the grass in the Jardin du Luxembourg and propped myself up long enough for a photo before unlocking that elbow and having a tantrum on my back like Harry Enfield’s Kevin.

Clinging on to life in the Jardin du Luxembourg

I wanted everyone to just stop walking INTO MY FACE for five minutes so that I could see Paris for a second. But then again I’m a bit of a country bumpkin when it comes to cities and I tend to just have a strop in the middle of pavements until people move past me. Look at these folks with their back to Notre Dame. Do they know they’re facing the wrong way?

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Jardin du Luxembourg

The Jardin du Luxembourg in August is an absolute godsend. Little toddling boys and girls in clothes that toddling children should wear (i.e. not jeans or clothes with words on) lean over the stone wall and place little wooden yachts into the water and gaze at them as the wind takes them on their near horizontal adventures across the lake. It is a place where you will manage to to regain some peace and be able to face the rest of Paris again.

Shakespeare & Co.

I think I was sulking at being so hemmed in at Shakespeare & Co. (If you don’t know what Shakespeare & Co. is then you’re at the wrong site and you need to go here instead).

As I was saying, I was sulking.

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VAN GOGH MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM JANUARY 2010

REMEMBER:

ANTON MAUVE – THE WOODCUTTERS. A GREAT INTEPRETER OF THE NETHERLANDS GREY NATURE

ANTON

MATTHIJS MARIS – THE KITCHEN PRINCESS

KITCHEN PRINCESS
THEODORE ROUSSEAU – THE DESCENT OF CATTLE IN THE HIGH JURA MOUNTAINS (SKETCH WITH BRIGHT RED/ORANGE)
BONNARD – MONTMARTRE IN THE RAIN 1897

MONTMARTRE
GIOVANNI SEGANTINI – THE 2 MOTHERS 1897

TWO MOTHERS
DAMBIGNY – CLIFFS AT VILLERVILLE SUR MER
ODILON REDON – FIGURE UNDER A BLOSSOMING TREE, AND VASE OF A FLOWER
DEGAS – THE TUB

DEGAS TUB
JAN SHIFTERS – TWO WOMEN EMBRACING 1906 (love)

two women embracing
KEES VAN DONGON – PORTRAITS

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ALFRED STEVENS – ‘IF YOU PAINT A HIGH SOCIETY WOMAN YOU PAINTING MUST SMELL GREAT’

VAN GOGH:
THE COTTAGGE
FLOWERS STILL LIFE 1875 – COLOURFUL VASE
VASES WITH CHINA ASTERS AND GLADIOLI
SEASCAPES NEAR LES SANTES MARIES DE LA MER 1888
SPRING OF A FLOWERING ALMOND BLOSSOM IN A GLASS
ROSES 1890
IN THE CAFE AUGUSTINA SEAGATORI IN LE TAMBORINI
CAFE TABLE WITH ABSINTHE