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A Young Man Offering a Cup of Wine to a

Persian

Miniatures

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EUGÈNE ATGET: WINE IN “VIEUX PARIS” – FROM DOCUMENT TO WORK OF ART

Photographer Eugène Atget takes us on a stroll around “Vieux Paris”. Wandering from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, we’re on the hunt for wine merchants, bars, cabarets, cafés and restaurants – like this wine shop, where wines and liqueurs jostle firewood and sacks of coal. We’re in the Val-de-Grâce neighbourhood of the 5th arrondissement. Over thirty years, from 1897 to 1927, Atget would meticulously photograph every ancient street and picturesque detail of the French capital – the city’s threatened buildings, its dying cottage industries – until he could write “I own the old Paris”. In so doing, he refused to photograph any trace of modernity: the Eiffel Tower is absent from his images. Atget’s obstinate desire to lay reality bare makes him the grandfather of modern photography. By the end of his life, Atget had taken more than 8,000 photos and created 17,000 prints.

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PERSIAN MINIATURES: THE GATE OF JOY

The Rubaiyat, or quatrains of Omar Khayyam (11th century) offer a counterpoint to the classical Persian miniatures presented here. Wine appears frequently, presented as a remedy both for the melancholy caused by the passage of time and the brevity of life. “Drink and be merry” is the refrain of these epicurean verses. For Khayyam, wine is “the gate of joy”. Wine tastings, early springtime, amorous dreams and scenes of gallantry… “The caravan of life shall always pass/Beware that is fresh as sweet young grass/Let’s not worry about what tomorrow will amass/Fill my cup again, this night will pass, alas.” Another verse states: “In the springtime I often admire a blooming field/If a beautiful girl brings me a Vessel of Wine, I no longer think about my Salvation/If I worried, I would worth less than a dog.”

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Vin et art, peinture - Exposition Bertrand Sallard, Au rythme des saisons
Vin et art, peinture - Exposition Bertrand Sallard, Au rythme des saisons

BERTRAND SALLARD: TO THE RHYTHM OF THE SEASONS

 

Bertrand Sallard was born in the South of Morocco, which left a lasting impression on him and a passion for distant horizons. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris from 1969 to 1973. It was here that he discovered oriental art, philosophy and the works of Staël. These influences have shaped his work, which seeks out transcendence and simplicity. 

After a stay on a Pacific island, he settled in Burgundy, where he has lived since 1975. His paintings have successively explored several abstract paths, such as 'Calligraphy' (works in black ink, influenced by oriental art) then 'Miniatures' (small compositions built on harmonies of colors). Since 2002, he has used dry pastels for a large series of colored 'Variations', based on wide overlapping vertical lines. The French Public Art Collection has acquired one of his works.

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STREET ART, GRAFFITI: BACCHUS AND WINE HAVE TAKEN OVER WALLS

 

Street art is produced in public spaces in a number of different forms : graffiti, stickers, posters, video projections, light installations, etc. For the last fifty years, urban graffiti has become more and more visible: on walls, pavements, roads, parks and monuments, even in former quarries. Spray paint and markers are tools of choice for street artists. 

 

While some see graffiti as undesirable, others consider its most elaborate forms a type of art that deserves attention.

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