Monday, June 04, 2012

Paris Silhouettes

 Silhouettes are an integral feature of French graphics.
You can't miss them.
 Silhouetted French bulldog as window decor.
 Signs for La Grande Epicerie are almost illegible but stunning none the less.
 French children get a good dollop of sophisticated graphics on their mother's knee. This ABC book of onomatopoeia (snif, ouf, miam, woofs) could not be more witty.

 A children's hair salon gets the black and white treatment.
 Inside Bonton's childrens store more graphic treatments.
 A kids eyeglass shop, Lafont pour les Enfants display.
 Clin d'oeil/wink of the eye lunette shop sign.
 No wonder the French like American artist Alex Katz' artwork.
 Viewers at the exhibit look like they hopped out of a painting.
 Silhouettes cover a building in a state of la restauration/repair or under construction.

 L'homme des affairs blends right in.
 An older French girl toute en noire.
 This puff of a white dog matches older French Girl's white puffy hair.
 Silhouette ballerinas on the bus.
A chocolate bombe makes a delicious silhouette indeed.


  1. They have entire eyeglass shops just for kids? Or do I misunderstand?
    We abbreviate the little black dress with the French abbreviate it PRN? Or is abbreviation forbidden?

    1. Lafont Opticier is the children's glass shop - there are several in Paris + others
      No comment on the wolf giving the bunny a gentle push on the swing???
      Acronyms are big favorite with the French as a rule.

  2. In medical-ese pen means taken as needed....that would be so perfect for the lbd.

  3. Geri, NJ11:56 AM

    Love your shot of the OFG all in black ~ clever eye you have for noticing silhouettes everywhere by the way! It's fitting they should embrace them since it is a Fr. word, and someone tells me also a Fr. name ~ ?

    1. Wiki says:
      A silhouette is the image of a person, an object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single color, usually black, its edges matching the outline of the subject. The interior of a silhouette is basically featureless, and the whole is typically presented on a light background, usually white, or none at all. The silhouette differs from an outline which depicts the edge of an object in a linear form, while a silhouette appears as a solid shape. Silhouette images may be created in any visual artistic media.
      I was wondering myself...

    2. The word "silhouette" derives from the name of Étienne de Silhouette, a French finance minister who, in 1759, was forced by France's credit crisis during the 7 Years War to impose severe economic demands upon the French people, particularly the wealthy.[2] Because of de Silhouette's austere economies, his name became eponymous with anything done or made cheaply and so with these outline portraits.

    3. Geri, NJ3:50 PM

      Thank you...I loooove knowing this obscure stuff! It is oddly fascinating; and funny how seeming common words have so much more to tell. Also, oddly, once again you are in sync with NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day...they are featuring a silhouette...

    4. Geri, NJ3:54 PM are in sync with the Bing screen today!

  4. Geri, NJ12:03 PM

    Wow...away a few days ~ just checked out your older post...those watercolors are awesome and I had no idea you have been to Provence...that is my dream...esp. to visit the lavender fields at harvest time...or anytime. Beautiful, beautiful colors and light in your paintings...Guess it's true what they say about the inspiration there.

  5. Such a cute post :) I like it!!

    x Milla


  6. You are an amazing collector if images!! The sheer quantities, the themes, the qualities and your organization of them, threaded with your little stories...Wow! French children's book illustration seems to have a more abstract tradition than many American ones, but Americans are following that trend...

  7. Love your artistic eye! Your blog posts always make my mornings.

  8. That little Guerlain fragrance is beautiful:)
    The silhouettes are so well chosen..I am keen on that bike too with the basket and the back rack..

    Doggie and owner do have the same do! How cute are they~

  9. A "clever eye" describes you perfectly.
    I love your collection today - my favorite is probably, "L'homme des affairs" and the silouettes behind him.
    (The last shot is a fovorite, too!)

  10. I like those ballerinas! I saw your review of Gellhorn's Travels with Myself and Another. Was browsing through some of her works and came up on your review. Had to smile...

  11. Another fun post. Thanks for telling us what "silhouette" means. Something I never even thought of but is fascinating to know. Love the black silhouette of the dress on the bottle of Guerlain perfume.

  12. I find silhouettes to be so elegant. How funny to think that they were originally associated with cheapness! Once again I learn something AWESOME from you.

  13. Love the fragrance, love the little silhouette of the black dog...
    Paris is truly beautiful

  14. Oh Carol,

    I wrote about a design for my first novel header at

    but now that I see the macarons and that stunning white gown with hat...I don't know if I should have you design my wedding invitations first.

    Yes I got engaged and I feel the need to celebrate with luxury.

  15. Of course French dogs say "wouaf!"
    Love the silhouettes!

  16. Nothing escapes your expert eye - so much to see what you see!

  17. Chez Lindy3:53 PM

    Check out "older French girl's" outfit - always a good look.

  18. Great selection of images to illustrate "Silhouette".

    I'm so pleased you found me because you are a highlight in my blog reading!


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