Art Friday: Paris

Rainy day in Paris - KJ Carr
Art Friday: Paris

If someone gave me a free ticket to anywhere in the world, I would go to Paris. One day perhaps.


Here are some interesting facts about Paris:

France is the most visited country in the world: 83 million tourists in 2012.

Paris was originally a Roman city called “Lutetia” and the Word “France” means “land of francs.” The Franks are Germanic tribes who lived in Northern Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire.

It took 666 years to build the Louvre.  It was originally built as a palace but is now the most visited art museum in the world.  It houses over 35 thousand works of art and would take ten months to look at every single item housed there.

The Catacombs were created about 200 years ago because the graveyards had become overcrowded and smelly.  The bones were all moved by cart at night after being blessed by a priest. 

The Eiffel Tower is 276m high and was created by Alexandre Gustav Eiffel in 1889.  He is the same person who built the internal frame of the Statue of Liberty in 1885. When the Eiffel tower first went up, people mocked it and called it hideous but otherwise paid it no attention as it was meant to be taken down after the World Fair of 1889.  It is weird to think that in hot weather it can expand in height by as much as 6 inches without popping or breaking any of its two and a half million rivets.

Hope you enjoy todays art all about the streets of Paris.

Happy travelling!


Guy Dessapt 1938 

Market Day, Paris by Luther Emerson Van Gorder

The Seine, Maximilien Luce

Helena Lam Contemporary - Art Deco Style

A Flower Seller Outside the Paris Opera House - Georges Stein

Paris Montmartre by Yuriy Shevchuk

Boulangerie De Montmartre by Marilyn Dunlap

La Marchande Des Fleurs, Place De La Concorde (1898) by Louis Marie de Schryver.

Ricardo Sanz

'Rooftops Of Paris' - by Fabrice Moireau

Peter Fennell, 1949

Guy Dessapt 1938, Paris autumn

Paris Flower Shop by John Lewis

Caillebotte, Young Man at the Window, 1876



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Comments

  1. Some great art work, hope all your dreams come true...

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  2. Wow... if only these paintings could talk! Very beautiful. I love the one with the lady holding the basket of flowers. So, peaceful it is.

    I hope you have a wonderful day!
    Amy

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    1. Thankyou Amy, had a lovely day, but glad tomorrow is Saturday and I can have a little sleeping!!

      There are quite a few paintings of the french flower ladies and they are beautiful, however many of these women lived in poverty and only made a meagre living from flowers. Their stories are quite sad, which is perhaps why the woman in the painting looks a little sad.

      Have a wonderful weekend:)

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  3. France has never really attracted me. I think if I could pick one place in Europe to visit, it would be either Switzerland or Germany. :) I love the one of the lady holding the basket of flowers - very pretty and feminine.

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    1. I think its the food and art that attracts me to Paris/France - but I won't say no to the rest of Europe!!

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  4. Hi Jo, What a treat, Paris just has the glamour and style of coffee and scones, and butter and just the Art calls out to us! This was fun, thanks for sharing all the lovely Pictures! I have learned so much from your ART Fridays!
    Blessings, Roxy

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    1. I am so glad you have enjoyed Art Friday, I love giving others joy from looking at art.

      Have a wonderful weekend with your dear husband.

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  5. Another post I love - because I have a bit of a French fetish!
    I def agree with the free plane ticket- it would be my destination of choice too!!!

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    1. If I get two free tickets, I will let you know!!!

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