Friday, February 24, 2017

Musee Marmottan Monet, Pissarron, February map

There are around 70 museums in Paris! Why not do a map of some smaller museums to remind you there is life outside the Louvre.
On Tuesday the first comprehensive exhibit in 35 years opened of Pissarro (1830-1903)at the musée Marmottan Monet in the 16 eme.
Camille Pissarro, though Danish and brought up on the island of Saint Thomas (now the US Virgin Islands), came to France, studied with Courbet and Corot and then became deeply immersed with his contemporaries: Monet, Cezanne, Seurat, Signac, Caillebotte.
Known as the first imprssionist, Pissarro started the first independent Impressionist salon with these artists in 1874.
Initially he lived in Pontoise, a short ride on RER A from Paris. It no longer looks quite like this.
These serene, classic bucolic scenes are typical of his early painting years.

Monet was a frequent painting companion. no wonder the hay stack.
Pissarro was passionate about painting market scenes. He liked to get up cllose to the worker.
He painted side by side with Paul Seurat.
His pointelist period.
Artist friends suggested he paint in Normandie, Rouen, Dieppe
And these harbor scenes in Le Havre...wonderfully foggy and atmospheric.
Pissarro immersed himself in Paris urban scenes, particularly the boulevard de l'Opera.
He declared that he was "delighted that I can try to do these Parisian streets that people always say are ugly but that are really so silvery, so luminous and so alive, so different from the boulevards. This truly is modern life!" He painted this motif 15 times, in all kinds of weather.
Place de l'Opera always fascinates.
Coming home I passed by Mamy Therese madeleinerie...
I met the owner, Jacques Mercier, grand-son of Mamy Therese and owner of her secret recipe. Evidently I am not yet through with madeleine immersion. More watercolors along with the new museum map and Paris letters on ETSY. Munch...munch

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Chez Kate, Boulanger de la Tour, Cake au Citron

There's a terrific new boulangerie in our area, Boulanger de la Tour. It belongs to the famous restaurant,  la Tour d'Argent (just across the street) at 19, quai de la Tournelle, 75005
Just think. You can eat the same baguettes as guests at the restaurant are eating...
This lemon cake looked divine..sometimes refered to as 'le Week-end' since its the perfect gift to take for a visit to the country. When Jeffrey Bailey invited us to visit Chez Kate B and B in St.Maur we couldn't resist taking a gift cake.
St. Maur des Fosses is just a short15 minute ride on RER A from Nation.
A darling, cosy place to escape from the hubub of Paris yet still very close to the center.
Both Jeffrey (American) and his wife Catherine (French) are artists
So oodles of art decorates their B and B. Much more fun than a sterile hotel in paris.
Bear was delighted.
Catherine made us a trés French lunch - omlette with sautéd zuccini, onions, potatoes.
Four beaten eggs thrown on top, browned a bit and turn.
Served with beets, green apple, fennel and haricot vert salad.
At last the scrumptous cake! Very light. Much lighter than a pound cake and not too sweet. Perfection.
Ages ago I bought this interior preparatory sketch from Jeffrey. Givenchy's salon no less.
Lately I've been hanging out at the Paris Opera dreaming of painting the gold grandeur.
So with a little arm-twisting, Jeffrey gave me a mini lesson in painting gold effects. Much practice is required to tackle the Opera Garnier.
Catherine gives evening classes in her studio. Note all the champagne glasses on the shelf. I asked if that was for after class? Non, non. We drink champagne all through the class. OK!!
Living the 'Champange life' would be dining at  La Tour d'Argent now and then. You could also buy their baguettes across the street. Or have your very own cake au cirtron watercolor with Paris letters on ETSY. You'll find chez Kate B and B easily on Google.
 Bisous, bisous from Bear

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Paris Valentines Day Letter!

February Valentine letters went out in la poste today. Hooray!
I celebrated at La Maison du Chocolat...ahem
A nice surprise for Bear. Non? Doodly doodly do
I could have gone for these La Duchesse red minis but I can paint the heart-shaped box next year.
Heart-shaped bouquets at La Vie en Rose
Diptyque has a new limited edition perfume for you for Saint-Valentine.
They said it was litchie and...something or other. Pomplemousse?
Very fresh, citrusy and leger (light).
You'll be dancing on your Paris Repettos.
Did you wear something red today?
Do French girls really wear this wild lingerie?
Marie Tournelle's vitrine was full of Valentine cards.
Everything is coming up roses. This February is the 3rd anniversaire of my letters from Paris. Everyone gets a little gift for supporting my Paris letters and watercolors on ETSY. A mini half-size chocolate map comes with the new Valentine letter. Thank you PBers!!
Happy Valentines Day. Bisous bisous from Bear too