Sunday, December 28, 2014

Ma Journée à Paris - Part II

When monsieur spotted me with my camera, he stood up and in better English than my French, explained that he was preparing to do a Picasso chalk portrait. He fetched a copy of the original and told me,"You come back in three hours and it will be finished."  I said, "Au revoir", went across the bridge and returned later that afternoon, to ooh and ahh over this lovely masterpiece!


PerthDailyPhoto said...

I had to come back after yesterdays teaser :) How fab Viginia.. what a treat to meet the artist and be one of the first to see the finished work.

Amanda said...

A very talented man!

Stuart said...

Way cool !

Jack said...

Very nice, Virginia. (Monsieur likes you . . . )

Jeanie said...

I knew it had to be art -- and beautiful! What a wonderful face he has!

Flocon said...

Bonjour madame,

The photo was taken in front of the École nationale des beaux-arts so it's seems appropriate that the artist chose this place to practice his skill along the river Seine indeed.

Will you allow me two remarks?

1°- The simplest first. When you tell "au revoir" to someone it means you may see h/h again someday (tomorrow for example at the bakery's) (contrary to "Adieu" which of course you know means "to God" -eg we'll never see again). In your case "à tout-à-l'heure" was the thing to say since it indicates you'll meet the person again within the hour or at least in a few hours later on the same day.

2°- Monsieur written with a capital M is the way servants address to their master (or refer to them) among the very high bourgeoisie (Remember ''The Rules of the Game'' by Jean Renoir).

To make a long story short, presenting this man as "Monsieur" is a tad too ceremonious and referential.

I regularly follow your blog which shows you have a way with your photo camera. Keep on the good work.


Virginia said...

Bonjour Flocon,
I thank your for your helpful corrections. I struggle with what little French I have and will only learn more if friends like you help me. At the time I really had no real plans and only decided to go back later in the day as I was so curious so maybe I can get by with that, "au revoir", or maybe not! :)

Regardless, I thank you for following my blog and look forward to hearing from you again soon.

William Kendall said...

Very good work!

dkshopgirl said...

wow - street art - how cool ♥ and in PARIS ... the ultimate !!!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

I can see the kindness in his eyes.. What a handsome man he is, and an amazing artist.