Just wrote a handful of postcards to friends. I firmly believe that you can send out postcards for any reason – you don’t have to be on holiday! This is Paris Through the Window (Paris par la fenêtre) by Marc Chagall, one of my favourite artists. From the blurb on the Guggenheim’s website:
After Marc Chagall moved to Paris from Russia in 1910, his paintings quickly came to reflect the latest avant-garde styles. In Paris Through the Window, Chagall’s debt to the Orphic Cubism of his colleague Robert Delaunay is clear in the semitransparent overlapping planes of vivid color in the sky above the city. The Eiffel Tower, which appears in the cityscape, was also a frequent subject in Delaunay’s work. For both artists it served as a metaphor for Paris and perhaps modernity itself. Chagall’s parachutist might also refer to contemporary experience, since the first successful jump occurred in 1912. Other motifs suggest the artist’s native Vitebsk. This painting is an enlarged version of a window view in a self-portrait painted one year earlier, in which the artist contrasted his birthplace with Paris. The Janus figure in Paris Through the Window has been read as the artist looking at once westward to his new home in France and eastward to Russia. Chagall, however, refused literal interpretations of his paintings, and it is perhaps best to think of them as lyrical evocations, similar to the allusive plastic poetry of the artist’s friends Blaise Cendrars (who named this canvas) and Guillaume Apollinaire. [Read more]
I bought a stack of Chagall postcards during my sophomore year of college and found them in a box I stored in my uncle’s basement long ago. That alone is a good enough reason to be sending out cards!
maison de la culture du japon by victortsu Via Flickr: a visit to an architectural landmark just by the eiffel tower, where cosimo and I were able to see a very interesting exhibition on the future of fabrics from a japanese perspective.
this building was the result of a large open competition, with more than two hundred entries. the winning design is by a japanese and an british architects, masayuki yamanaka and kenneth armstrong.
Minimal movie poster for a movie the-tonberrys-lantern and I were watching the other day. A ventriloquist dummy that rips tongues out of people….I think…I only saw a bit of it and only read a little of the movie plot. And thought about elements of the original poster to make choices.