Saturday, October 16, 2021

BiblioMania – Salon du livre, papiers anciens et toutes collections


 Yesterday rather late I ran over to Bibliomania a book and paper show.

Its on through Sunday till 6pm. Do you suffer from bibliomania? Though it’s not obligatory. Bibliomania can be a symptom of obsessive–compulsive disorder which involves the collecting or even hoarding of books to the point where social relations or health are damaged. Who doesn’t like to rummage through old books and paper ephemera? There used to be a great flea market in New York for paper ephemera at 26th street.
Stuff was at ridiculous prices too. But Antique Road Show changed that forever.

Old children’s books, artist’s books, 

Folded paper, ads, posters. 

A plethora of enticing things to admire.

Like this Victorian paper fan held together with velvet ribbon 🎀 

I loved this big printed sketchbook of 1900’s illustrator, Sem. He did the menus at Maxim’s and they still use his artwork.

I definitely suffer from a mania for old art supplies. 

Fortunately in most cases, though this traveling watercolor set looks awfully pretty, its likely no longer useful. Maybe they never were. But what a charming box. 

Speaking of traveling…has anyone been to Annecy(Venice of France)? I  I’m going next weekend. I’ve decided I must see more of France on the weekends. All suggestions and for nearby Geneva, Chambery etc. are welcome. I know zip about the Alpes. 

There are always plenty of travel books at these events, novels and otherwise. I managed to escape without buying anything somehow or other. 


Of course outside nearby at Gibert Jeune an old Eiffel Tower book beckoned. 


Time to paint more Eiffel Towers
. Coming home that night ET was flashing at me 😊

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Bonjour, Eiffel Tower

 


Along with très charmant Ratatouille, who doesn’t ❤️ adore the Eiffel Tower? Lots of movie bits today. Grab your popcorn 🍿 

A new French film just out, Eiffel 

On the life and love ❤️ of Gustave Eiffel starring Romain Duris.

Built in 1889. 300 meters high, the tower is an iconic, mythic monument beloved the world over. 

Even more so by the French - François Trouffout with his Eiffel tower collection.

Its image has been placed it in a gazillion films. 

French channel Arte Blowup 
made a terrific video of the Tour Eiffel in cinema only yesterday…

But you may have to live in France to view it😬 
I picked out some key images to share with you.

Did you see Grace Jones parachute off the Eiffel Tower 

In 007’s ‘A View to Kill’?

The opening credits of Truffaut’s 400 Blows are Eiffel Towered. The music is lovely…

The closing scenes from hysterically funny, Indy film, Lost in Paris likewise.

My Automnal Eiffel Tower homage stars Parisian street cleaners..

And
 displays an unhealthy obsession with red Cardinals.

Which, to be honest, only exist in Northern and Southern Americas. 
The same could be said for Fall colors 🍁 We simply don’t have the right trees 🌲 in Paris. Would you have known if I’d said zip?

Thank goodness for poetic license. 
And for coming to one’s senses the very last minute and deleting many Cardinals and colorful leaves🍁🍂🍁 
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Monday, October 11, 2021

Fall Marché de Pays Aveyron 2021, Bercy Paris

 

Are you wearing your Fall 🍁clothes yet?

Have you bought any Fall flowers🍂?

Fall is the time for French regional foodie events. I’d like to get away outside Paris more on the weekends and I thought this weekend was the Fete du Brie in Melun…but it was last weekend 😬 Next year🤞

Instead I went to the Marché de Pays AveyronIt seems a good idea to place the department of Aveyon (26 min video in French) on the map.

Every October the Marché de Pays Aveyron takes place in Bercy 12e. Its been 3 years and I wasn’t going to miss it. Portions tend to be family-size.

They don’t understand what an ‘individual’ part/ portion is. Buy the whole cake or nuttin’. Full of myrtille/blueberry preserves, though they look like Philadelphia cinnamon buns. Thank goodness for the big free samples. I ate them and bought a sacristan to justify.

The marché is a ‘populaire’ event (for regular folks) with many, many free tastes. 

Especially their famous regional sheep cheese, Roquefort. I bought a part(1/4 for 12€). This tastes nothing like the packaged stuff I usually buy in the supermarché.

Another must-taste regional specialty is hot Aligot (mashed potatoes, localTomme cheese, a ton of garlic plus grilled sausage) eaten with a tumbler of beer of course.

But the lines were block-long and I don’t yet have French patience. Next year…

No long lines for fresh regional walnuts in the shell. I bought a kilo(2.2 pds). 

The marrons looked tempting.


As did the tins of foie gras…

Steaks from the grass-fed Aubrac cattle are some of the tastiest in France and always in demand at the marché.

One thing I did have patience for was these mohair winter socks.

I had seen at the fair in 2015. 

But she only had knee-highs. No short socks. I may have to visit Aveyron to get them! Or wait until next year and pray 🙏 Or find another farm. An automnal walk through the Jardin des Plantes ended a beautiful sunny, crisp day. And back to the drawing✏️ table. Thanks for reading ParisbreakfastIf you'd like to receive Parisbreakfast letters 💌 maps and watercolors in your mailbox 📮 look in my Etsy shop. 
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Friday, October 08, 2021

Vogue Paris 1920-2020 | Palais Galliera | Musée de la mode de la Ville de Paris

 

Last Friday I saw Vogue Paris 1920-2020 exhibit at Palais Galliera at 10, Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 16e. Vogue Paris, founded by Condé Nast in 1020, is the oldest French fashion magazine still published today. A wall of famous faces.


Famous faces we wanted so much to be like…

As an artist I’m partial to the hand-drawn Vogue covers. 

Images that let the imagination run free and dream.

And the whimsical fantasies of 20s Vogue covers.

I’ve added links to short Vogue fashion videos by the decade that fill in historic background like this 30s film. 

Dior’s New Look from the 1940s 
and 1950s.

The exhibition highlights the talent of the great illustrators like Antonio Lopez.

And photographers that Vogue Paris has encouraged.

Catherine Deneuve graced 16 covers starting when she was 18 and not yet a ‘name’. 

She came to be the Paris Vogue ideal, usually dressed in Yves Saint Laurent. Some of his innovative 60s creations. 

The exhibit includes 15 key designer garments of various periods, like Andre Courreges graphic suit with mini skirt add flavor of the time.

These are just a few images from at least 400. My personal selection. You’ll probably favor others. 


The Vogue Paris exhibit
is a terrific historical reflection of how French women’s images and clothing has changed over a 100 years. Well worth a visit.

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