Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Les Nabis et le décor, Musee du Luxembourg

'Another opening, another show...' Its that time of year for new Spring exhibits. Monday I saw the NABI at MUSEE DU LUXEMBOURG. I tried my hand at their wonderful, dotty patterns. Not a piece of cake.... 

 From 1880 to 1910 the post-impressionist group of painters: Bonnard, Vuillard, Maurice Denis, Serusier and Vallotton were on the same wave length, deeply influenced by the flow of Japanese woodblock prints and pottery arriving in France.
Tall painted panels resembling Japanese screens but with everyday French motifs.
Flowing, curvy lines, truncated cutoff forms. The muted color palette is Japanese. 

Abstract use of patterns and organic forms were de rigueur. Notice similar reclining poses of the figures.

A Bonnard painted plate of an everyday scene - a frolicking dog and owner in the garden. The designs entered all forms of home decor and architecture like tapestry, stained glass and ceramics.

After the exhibit visit BOUILLON RACINE for a Nabi/Art Nouveau lunch at 3 rue Racine

These patterns are all over Paris. Just take time to look. Entering Metro Renne station I never noticed these curvy natural forms from that era. The Luxembourg museum has its own ANGELINA SALON DE THÉ and a dessert is specially created for each exhibit. This time an airy yogurt mousse on a shortbread base with an explosion of yuzu, lemon and basil inside. At the preview we did not get to taste it unfortunately, but you can try it for me. A joyous, Springy exhibit perfect to experience while Paris trees blossom in the gardens just beyond. Don't Miss! Thank you for reading and sharing Parisbreakfasts. Subscription letters 💌, maps and watercolors are in my Etsy shop. With love💋 from Paris🐻 Xxx

17 comments:

  1. I think I love this art♥
    Yours and his..
    And as always..your pastries and cups ..always.

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  2. Musée du Luxembourg is a wonderful place to see an exhibit...manageable size, an Angelina, and access to the gardens! This exhibit looks absolutely beautiful, as are your watercolors. Thank you, Carol, for calling this to our attention!

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    1. You're so right Bonnie!
      It is a 'managable' museum with many nice lunch places nearby.
      And I need to visit Pierre Geronimo for their ice cream just a few steps away !

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  3. Kathryn12:10 PM

    Carol, no lie, this painting made me gasp! The gray coat! Schiapperelli should be so lucky! The next gasp, the pairing of the carrots and the tangerine colored iris. Oh, you do undo us with your hand and eye. xo K

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  4. YUZU is my new word for the day!!! I count on you to tempt my palate and my palette.

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    1. People make a tremendous fuss here over anything Yuzu. Its basically a Japanese citrus flavor that costs a bunch more than your plain ole lemon. I can not tell the difference except for a bit more tang. I shall def do some more research to be sure.

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    2. DescriptionYuzu is a citrus fruit and plant in the family Rutaceae. It is called yuja in Korean cuisine. Both Japanese yuzu and Korean yuja are cognates of the Chinese yòuzi, but the Mandarin word refers to the pomelo. Yuzu is called xiāngchéng in Mandarin. Wikipedi
      Hmmm....flavor is not mentioned but it is Very trendy with Paris pastry chefs.

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  5. Erin Hill Sketching4:19 PM

    What a lovely posting Carol.
    I like the way you summarize what is happening
    at each exhibition.
    You’d have art tour groups eating out of your hand.
    So interesting.

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    1. Thanks Erin!
      Easier to work with words me thinks...

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  6. This was the perfect Spring post! Thank you!

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  7. Sometimes I had to look the signature (or lack thereof) to tells whose work was yours or not! In any event, a marvelous exhibit. I do love that venue. And your pieces!

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    1. What a nice compliment! I wish
      I'd never realized how complex these are and how big till 'seeing them in the flesh' at the exhibit

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  8. Jane S. Gabin1:20 AM

    Love your new watercolors and the lounging ladies.
    I love Art Nouveau.
    If I actually get to come to Paris in September, I will do as you say, and wander around and look at the little details.

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  9. Today’s PB was such fun. Vuillard has always fascinated me ever since I first saw one of his paintings at the Phillips Gallery in Washington. The art nouveau building you showed at the end reminded me of the facade of an apartment building near Au Printemps that my daughter and I enjoyed back in 1999. We sat on a bench in the little parc Louis XVI twice just to study and photograph the 5 animal relief sculptures between the windows on the 2 eme etage. Google has a good map for the parc

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  10. Carol, thank you for so many of your wonderful emails from around Paris, I truly treasure them. Your country is amazing Happy Spring,

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  11. Looks like a great exhibition! Thanks for sharing more tips for Paris.

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