|"Le Nouveau-Ne," oil on cavas, Andre Gill 1881|
That painting was tied for favorite with Portrait de Leon Ohnet (1841) by Thomas Couture (Senlis, 1815 -- Villiers-le-Bel (Val-d'Oise), 1879). This was just ridiculously well painted and the subject, stunning.
|Thomas Couture's Portrait de Leon Ohnet (1841)|
But best of all for me was the temporary exhibit at the museum of Felix Ziem's (Beaune, 1821 - Paris, 1911) work. I'd never heard of him -- as is the case with many of the artists whose work we're seeing. A son of a Polish tailor who migrated to France, Felix took up architecture studies at the Ecole des Beaux-arts in Dijon but soon had a change of heart, beginning painting in the 1840s when in fell in love with the Mediterranean and later, Paris. The exhibit was filled with his sketchbooks rife with ink washes of familiar scenes in Venice as well as small plein air sketches and larger studio paintings. This so made me want to get out there -- everywhere -- to paint. Those little sketches were mainly unframed, tilted in glass display cases alongside those sketchbooks. I
|One of Felix Ziem's oils shown above. Crédit : Crédit : © ZIEM Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet|
|"Eiffel Tower from Montparnasse," sketch & wash pencils, Jill Banks 2013|
The trouble with Paris is knowing when you're enjoying yourself most.
We headed next to Montparnasse for a tour to take place later in the afternoon outside of famous artist studios (like John Singer Sargent, Whistler, William Bougereau, Paul Cezanne, Gerome, Lauren. But, before that we had drinks on the top floor of an office building in Montparnasse that at the 56th floor is the the second highest spot in Paris. The Eiffel Tower and the parts of the city yet to be seen were laid before us ... in the mist. Reminded me of the time my Dad took me to the top of the John Hancock Building in Chicago to celebrate my birthday. Lots of planning and expense to sit among the clouds. Except this time we could see and that mist and those clouds made the city all that more magical.
Tonight is a special dinner. Tomorrow's Easter ... maybe to be celebrated at Notre Dame.
100 Faces in 100 Days Project
Events and Exhibits
LAST DAY For Voting: Easter Sunday, March 31: "Rainy Day in NYC" was chosen as one of 15 finalists in the "You Be the Judge" Online Art Contest #3. You can vote for it: #13 at: http://www.brianneher.com/you_be_the_judge_art_contest_2013_voting_page.aspx to cast your vote ... until March 31, 11:59pm EST. It's easy and free. Enough votes cast and it will be part of the Grand Prize round eligible for over $10,000 in prizes. Judging closes SOON -- vote now!
Don't miss out. Sign up now for Spring Classes that start April 9 (Still Life in Oils -- but you can work on your own projects from reference materials in this class as well, Tuesdays, 9:30am-1:30pm, $375) and April 10 (Painting the Landscape, Wednesdays, 9:30am-1:30pm, $375 -- full of plein air adventures) offered through the Great Falls School of Art, Great Falls, VA. Go to my web site: www.JillBanks.com, click on Classes for supply list and registration info. You need to be pre-registered for classes -- especially for landscape -- to know where each class will be held. Class size is limited. I hope you can join us!
More events and exhibit info available through my web site.