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Water flowing underground
same as it ever was
Starry Starry Night 
1st-Feb-2003 12:44 am
knitting sketch
La Nuit Etoilee

Finally got into the Musee D'Orsay after three years of trying. Spent some time being disturbed by many of the Van Goch's, including this famous one

There is so much violent energy in VG's work - even the Eglise d'Avers is distressing in its distortion and stormy colours.

The Degas pastels were stunning, especially 'L'etoile' - such ethereal light and movement conveyed. The Cezannes, on the other hand, left me cold; his human forms so crude and ugly in comparison with the light and beauty of the Degas.

And after a wondergfully successful trip to the D'Orsay, discovered, after a snowswept walk up the Champs Elysee, that the Orangery was still in a state of disrepair with sections open to the sky and various be-hatted workmen lurking in windowless openings. Aaaaargh, WHEN will I ever see the Waterlilies?
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3rd-Feb-2003 02:31 am (UTC)
D loved the musee d'orsay when we went - I have to admit though, I prefered the Louvre. But I was in the middle of A103 and I think that had something to do with it (all those lovely David paintings in the Louvre).
3rd-Feb-2003 04:49 am (UTC)
Yes, must admit, I was disappointed by the Ingres in the D'Orsay, but then I had gone to see the impressionists and had seen the Ingres and Davids in the Louvre in 2000. I was mightily impressed never having seen them in the flesh before. I too have done A100 (predecessor of A103) and was hooked on art having never apprecitated it before.

What're you doing this year? The literature?
3rd-Feb-2003 04:56 am (UTC) - Re:
Doing AD317 - Religion Today: Tradition, Modernity and Change
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