In this post I would like to describe our visits to two of our favorite spots in Paris: the Delacroix Museum and the Jardin du Luxembourg.
We took a bus to the Musée Delacroix, 6 Ave de Furstenburg. We had visited here before, but it was different this time, so quite worthwhile. Delacroix was a well known painter even in his own time, and decorated many buildings with significant murals, as well as making numerous smaller paintings. Some of his most famous works, of course, are not located in this small museum. For example, we have already mentioned the murals at St. Sulpice, which we went to see again after leaving the museum. Click on the picture of the Jardin du Musée above to see more images, including a portrait of the artist and some scenes from inside the museum of the past. The museum began in 1929, as an effort to preserve the building from becoming a garage. Today it is a must-see for those who have time for more than just a quick look at the Louvre.
After re-visting St Sulpice to look at the Delacroix murals, we walked to the Jardin du Luxembourg, and noticed an exhibition at the Orangerie du Sénat there:
The title “Le Temps Retrouvé” of course is the last of the volumes in Proust’s great novel, where his hero makes a final breakthrough to becoming a writer, via some déjà vu experiences on the way to a concert-party after the war. But here at the Jardin this phrase was in the context of a different artist, of Hungarian origin. I have already written about this exhibition in a previous post. The vast majority of the works on exhibit were like the one shown on the poster – a kind of surrealist style. But some of the artist’s letters are shown, where he manifests a distinctly Proustian attitude toward his art.
A large number of images of Rozsda’s work can be found on Pinterest. I liked this one of Françoise Gilot best. It was painted in 1941, when she was 20. She was mentored by Rozsda. She later met and married Picasso, and later still Jonas Salk. She lives and continues to paint her own works in New York and Paris.