Friday, June 08, 2007

Evening at the Petit Palais

As "my regulars" know, alcohol and art is one of my favourite cocktails. So when I received an invitation to a champagne-fuelled private view of the permanent collection at the Petit Palais, well, they didn't have to ask me twice. Plus, to be honest, it's a museum I've never visited before. I've popped in to its bigger brother the Grand Palais more times than I care to remember but never actually made it across the road. My mistake. It's FAB. And the excellent thing about this kind of evening is that everywhere you turn, they've put a bar, so I was able to watch the sun go down in the garden while sipping a glass of bubbly. It was great to see some of my favourite Courbet - did you know that he was actually one of the first artists to work with a knife rather than a brush? Just like on "Paint Along with Nancy" - and the wonderful, wonderful "Grimaces et misères" by Pelez (yes, yes, I like my art miserable, I know). And, of course, the Impressionists, for those who like that sort of thing - in fact, I like it well enough, but have just seen too much too many times. An exquisite evening, from which I emerged feeling elegant, sophisticated, and a little bit wobbly. (For the full-size versions of the photos, click here).


maitresse said...

holy crap, how did you snag that invite and how can I get one next time?

would it be giving too much information if I admitted that one of coubret's self-portraits (man with pipe) really turns me on?

Rob7534 said...

I can't get over the fact that you get all the good invites Rhino! You're social calendar must be filled with exciting excursions all over the Parisian Creative Arts landscape. And free champagne to boot!

Surely you have done something illicit in your past to warrant such extravagant rendezvous!

Ps. I'm not the top of your blog roll anylonger?! You have organized by Alphabet! How dare you!

Tiresia said...

@ Rhino

No connection with the post, but if, after you picnic, you and your mates are free, I will be celebrating my birthday on Sat. 9 June at a bar called Le port d'Amsterdam, 20, rue du croissant, 75002, métro Bourse from about 22:30/23:00 till 2:00. A mutual friend may perhaps be there.


rhino75 said...

Happy Birthday Tiresia!! Will definitely try and come by to wish you many happy returns - who's our mutual friend, though? I'm intrigued!!

amy said...

Pleased to make your acquaintance last night... and looking forward to having you groom my dog.

ViVi said...

Ha ha ha! I've found you and I'll never let you go!!

I was very, very happy to make your acquaintance yesterday. :)