Art / Design, Travel

paris art

One of the things that shocked me was how impressive it can be to see a painting in real life, of course I have seen exhibitions in the past, but so much of the work we saw was stuff that is so very familiar that to stand before the real thing was nearly always a shock of some kind.

Some were bigger than you expected, some had fantastic depth of texture that you can’t appreciate from a photo in a book. Yes, you can see too many old paintings in a short space of time; the Pompidou, the Louvre and D’Orsay are all massively exhausting if you try to see everything on display as we ourselves did but it was equally rewarding at the same time.

After fighting (almost literally) through crowds of digital camera and pushchairs to see the Mona Lisa, I started wondering why it was even famous at all. The painting is actually pretty dull, compared to much of the works around it. When we got back to the hotel, I had to find out and basically it boils down to the fact that the Mona Lisa was stolen and subsequently became famous just for being famous… There were others I preferred…

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