Friday, August 12, 2022

Vegetal

 

I’ve reported on many amazing jewelry exhibits in Paris over the years,  but Vegetal(botanical) is by far the most astonishing exhibit for all it encompasses.

This magnificent exhibit combines fine jewelry and the deep influence of nature’s design. Presented by prestigious Maison Chaumet. It is a must-see if you can get here by 5 September. Reserve your ticket now. Yes there is AC.


Celebrating nature and the creativity of contemporary, classical artists and botanists who influenced the designs by Joseph Chaumet (he designed tiaras for Empress Josephine) and the house of Chaumet in Place Vendôme. 
I was there 3 hours wandering the 2 floors of extensive exhibits and will go back before it closes. 
Chaumet’s jewelry expressed his passion for the botanic and it’s  deep ties between nature’s forms and art. 
The range of examples from a botanist’s preserved dried leaves in a scrapbook to jeweled crowns of heads of state is jaw-dropping. 
Curator of the show, 
Marc Jeanson, is an agricultural engineer and botanist, who previously curated the 2017 exhibit, Jardins at Grand Palais.
Bringing a flashlight 🔦 is not a bad idea. It’s very dark
Description labels can be oddly placed at knee-level or at the eye-level of an 8-year old. Or far from the object. This beauty is a lily tiara of garnets, diamonds and tourmalines was made recently in 2016.
But this is typical of most French exhibitions in my experience. At least 
the labels are in both French and English if rather difficult to read being beige type on brown labels set on dark wood
One must be grateful they are not placed at ankle-level on this occasion🙏 
Still mustn’t grumble. 
The profusion of glorious pieces will take your breath away. 
The gold myrtle wreath in the upper left is from Greece, 325-300 BC — 
a woman’s funerary wreath typical of the reign of Philipe of Macedon. 
Curator Jansen’s
 role was to identify all drawings, models for tiaras and jewelry in the Chaumet archives and develop the botanical background for them.
Though I can’t remember who painted this stunning still life. There are 400 pieces in the exhibition.
The wall labels even if a dark can be enlightening. 
And this
From Monet. 
Try not to miss this exhibit. What else can I say? And yes there is AC.
Of course I ran home and started painting poppies like mad. 
As always, the Seine shines its jewels every night for all to see. Please share with a friend. Do visit my etsy shop. Bon Samedi dear PBers❤️🍁 👑

 

27 comments:

  1. Looks fascinating and awe inspiring.

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    1. Parisbreakfast1:33 AM

      Exactly Suki…a true inspiration to appreciate the earth and get out in nature.

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  2. Anonymous2:08 AM

    What an interesting mix of pictures, plants, art! I am a garden/plant appreciator rather than a gardener, so this looks great to me. Unfortunately won’t be making it to Paris anytime soon. I did laugh about the description tags being so positioned……I hope there’s a reason for it. - Kirra

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    1. Parisbreakfast3:33 AM

      Yes Kirra, there is a broad appeal to this exhibition plus it helps you to SEE other forms of art…like scrapbooks not usually considered works of art. I wish you could see it❤️

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  3. Ellen A.2:57 AM

    Looks like a stunning exhibit. The key question these days in Paris: is it air-conditioned?

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    1. Parisbreakfast3:31 AM

      YES THERE IS AC!!! 🙏 very cool inside I have yet to visit a Paris museum without AC 👏👏👏🤸‍♂️

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  4. Anonymous4:28 AM

    Are your poppies going to be available soon?

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    1. Parisbreakfast6:35 AM

      Very soon..in an hour 🌺

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    2. Parisbreakfast8:36 AM

      The watercolor poppies are up now 🌺🌺🌺

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  5. Such a dazzling exhibit. No wonder it took you three hours to see it & you need to go back. Thanks a slice.🗼❤️🌺

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  6. I meant to say thanks for a slice.

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    1. Parisbreakfast10:07 AM

      Ga do you want pepperoni on that?

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  7. Bonnie L9:18 AM

    SO much beauty in nature…translated into beautiful objects by amazing artists. The lucky lady who wore that red bejeweled tiara, she must have felt like a queen. And that millefleurs style tapestry…gorgeous. Thank you for bringing us along to yet another extraordinary exhibit, Carol.

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    1. Parisbreakfast10:21 AM

      A lily tiara of garnets, diamonds and tourmalines made recently in 2016.

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  8. Anonymous9:22 AM

    This is absolutely the exhibition I vote for in the category of shows I most envy you for! Some day I may figure out how to undo the dreaded anonymous. Jeanette s.

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    1. Parisbreakfast10:06 AM

      Dear brilliant Jeanette…yes you would especially love this exhibit.
      *Do you see the teensy grey arrow to the RIGHT of Anonymous? = it is a dropdown menu for your Name & URL

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  9. Andrea Dorea10:00 AM

    Love your post…what an exhibit! We went to the Jardins exhibit at the Grand Palais in 2017. This one seems better…is it the jewels?? Thanks for bringing it to us.

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    1. Parisbreakfast10:03 AM

      It is the same curator. I out a link. There was more light, less stupping to read the labels and it was a much bigger space so airy.

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    2. Anonymous10:37 AM

      This exhibit is gorgeous! Would be jaw dropping to see it in person. You captured so many beautiful pieces of art here and I love the quotes from Vincent Van Goth and Monet to go along with all the photos. I can see why you need to go back and see it again before it closes. Thank you for sharing it with us Carol. - Suzanne Parvey

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    3. Parisbreakfast5:25 PM

      The quotations Suzanne were up on the wall. You couldn’t miss them 😊

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  10. YOU ARE OUR JEWEL, Carol! You are our eyes and ears in Paris...until we make that return trip

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    1. Parisbreakfast7:34 PM

      Hi Mary! I’ve missed you 👏👏👏

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  11. Vicki7:36 PM

    Too bad we will miss this! I have never been to Maison Chaumet. That would be exciting in itself

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  12. When you were in Boston, did you get to see the Glass Flowers in the Harvard Museum? It's a permanent exhibit and when we lived near and daughters worked at Harvard, we frequently went to the museum. Besides the permanent flowers, giant mineral room, 'preserved' animals (like 100 yrs. old), and Native American rooms - there are new exhibits that change.
    Love your posts!!!

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  13. please check out the Lee Miller exhibition in Arles (I believe). She was an amazing woman photographer/war reporter/model and she has not received nearly enough acclaim. I love your Paris posts!

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    1. Parisbreakfast1:19 PM

      I wish I could Anne. I love her work and life story.

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  14. Carla1:22 PM

    THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for taking us to this exhibit. Your presentation is WONDERFUL!! SURE WISH I COULD HOP OVER TO PARIS. But you make me feel like I just have. What a valuable ambassador you are. Thank you

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