End of Week Deux (2)

I highly recommend Marks & Spencer’s Mild Red Cheddar cheese.  And with salted almonds.  Tasty.  I decided to blog in style this afternoon.

2016-04-21 13.16.53-1Thursday I met a friend at the d’Orsay for a conversation.  And took time to wander through the latest exhibit – Le Dounaier Rosseau.  We just call him Henri Rousseau – the Frenchies use his nickname.  He was really a tax collector, not a customs officer, but that is the name that stuck.

The paintings were from everywhere, and many from the US.  I am developing an appreciation of the curation of an exhibit.  This one apparently started in Venice and traveled here.  Who does that?  Who gathers all these painting together and finds the right museum and makes all the arrangements?  When you start to think about it, you realize that they must be preparing years in advance to bring these things off.  And even if it is just for the one museum and doesn’t travel – just think about the decisions.  What paintings to request from other museums?  What paintings to take out of the permanent collections or the stored collections of the French museums?  For the Bonnard last year, there were so many works that were loaned from the Pompidou and other Paris museums.  (And that exhibit went on to Madrid and then SF – which I attended but I don’t believe it was all the same paintings… and laid out differently,) And then the whole question of what goes where?  Who’s next to whom?  In this Rousseau exhibit the curators had many works from other artists who impacted Rousseau or others who were influenced by him.

Imagine getting paid to do that?

2016-04-20 23.45.35As I wandered around seeking the spires (see last blog), I also stumbled upon the Formula E racetrack being set up around the Invalides.  Grand Prix type cars but E as in Electrique!


Instead of heading over today for the race, I went to Meudon, a suburb just southwest of Paris to see Rodin’s other museum.

Easy to get to – a bus and then a tram (trams are similar to light rail in Sacto).  And ok yes, after that an Uber.  We could have walked but it was COLD today. Moved up the date because of chance of rain – well, strong possibility of rain – tomorrow.  And I carried an umbrella anyway.  After last Sunday when I ended up buying umbrella number 3…

How did Rodin do it?  That’s another blog…