Category Archives: France

Opera, backstage

Jules Cheret’s  Grand théâtre de l’exposition. Palais des enfants … At work on a “scrim” tacked to the deck of the San Diego Opera Scenic Studio’s paintshop on Commercial Ave. In the late 80’s and early 90’s I was lucky to … Continue reading

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a French dynamism

At times one can simply look up to see the wonder in life.  

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Train east to Paris

oil on panel, 12″ x 16″ A view from our train, on an overcast Spring morning speeding east toward the City of Light.

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Beautiful French music

As a person who greatly admires France and the French, I also love the music of that great nation. The album, “I Love Paris” from 1954 by Michel Legrand was one of my Uncle Jean’s favorites. He would sing the … Continue reading

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The French flavor of life

My love of the French spirit goes back to my childhood. Visiting my French-Canadian family members in Quebec was a joy. I didn’t quite understand all being said, but the flavors of Aunt Pat & Uncle Jean’s home where divine. Later … Continue reading

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occasions of grandeur

“Although described by a contemporary critic as ‘looking like an overloaded sideboard’, it (the Paris Opera House) is now regarded as one of the masterpieces of the period. Here Garnier triumphed over a cramped and difficult site, handling the carriage-ramps … Continue reading

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encountered reality

The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it. Gustave Courbet

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