Monday, December 14, 2009

ABC Wednesday: V for Visual Arts

I (Grace) was in Paris after our Yosemite and Eastern Sierra trips. I have been in Paris many times, but never had much time for the beautiful museums there. I only had a few hours to spare in the rainy and chilly early evening. So I decided to visit Musee du Petit Palais (Petit Palais) or Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais (Grand Palais). The picture above is the Petit Palais just after dusk with the dark blue cloudy sky. Across the street, there was an exhibition of "Art en Capital" in the Grand Palais (picture below).

The Grand Palais was built for the Paris Exhibition of 1900. I was attracted by the contrast of classical stone facade, intricate ironwork and the colorful glasswork. There I went!

The interior of the huge hall is made of steel and glass. An imposing horse made of metal was roaring high.

The exhibit composed of 5 historical grand salons with painting, sculptures, and modern art objects.

Here you see the bronze sculptures of two lovers in front of an oil painting.

Here are two watercolor paintings. The clown is so colorful, one can not help seeing it from afar.

Close by was a clay sculpture with 11 figures, but I only chose four for the close up. They have such dramatic expressions on their faces.

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17 comments:

PT. Kimia Farma (Tbk) said...

Nice picture and nice blog
beautiful moment and picture...
welcome to my blog...

Arif Prasetya said...

Nice picture...great
you can take a picture with beautiful angle...very great and amazing

Denise said...

It looks like the kind of place I would love to visit. Your photos are the next best thing to being there. Thanks for taking us along.

Q said...

Very fun V post! Paris looks to be amazing.
Hope you have a very happy holiday.
Sherry

Jay said...

The Grand Palais looks amazing!! Are the pillars really that beautiful blue? Did they paint them?

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

Such a lot of different art on show - great stuff.

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous photos and great examples of Visual Arts! I didn't have time to see anywhere near all the museums in Paris that I wanted to when I was there, so thanks for this photo visit! Terrific shots for the V day!

Enjoy your day!

Sylvia

Janie said...

Your visual art provided a vintage treat. I enjoyed the bright colors and fascinating horse sculpture. Great V post!

SandyCarlson said...

Those 11 figures together are lots of fun, and the whole place is just amazing. Thanks for the tour.

Tumblewords: said...

I so enjoyed this all too brief journey through the marvelous museum. Beautiful, beautiful!

Rose said...

Your photos are a visual feast as well! On my one and only trip to Paris, I visited the Louvre and the Musee D'Orsay (I think--the one with the Impressionist paintings) all in a matter of a few hours. Needless to say, I missed a lot:)

Jama said...

Great pictures, I enjoyed looking at them.

photowannabe said...

You are so fortunate to travel to so many fascinating places. This looks like a wonderful museum with so many vivid pieces of art.

Roger Owen Green said...

A vista of visuals on your vacation visit.

Tushar said...

this is an album of beautiful snaps, i love it...

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Tony said...

Looks like a great place to visit. Nice shots also.

fiziskandarz said...

whoaaaa!! those pictures are really amazing + very artistic! i like! [ anyways happy new year to both of u. hope u had a great year ahead ] :)

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