There was also an amazing Art Nouveau Exhibit that showed how early 19th century art nouveau was used all the way up to the 1960’s and beyond! Like in paper dresses, LP art and furniture. (Art Nouveau had its beginning in 1890. The name derives from that of a shop in Paris, "Art Nouveau Bing," opened in 1895 from Siegfrid "Samuel" Bing, Who sported some objects of innovative design, ie from the Far East, including furniture, fabrics, carpets and various art objects. The movement has its origins in the Anglo-Saxon aesthetic ideology Arts and CraftsWho had emphasized the free creation of the craftsman, as the only alternative to mechanization and mass production of objects of doubtful aesthetic value. L'Art Nouveau, reworking these assumptions, opened the way for the modern design and modern architecture. An important point for the dissemination of this art was the Universal Exposition 1900Held in Paris)
Next we headed over to Notre Dame! Another mind blowing thing to see in real life. It is so large and beautiful and all things good! You feel different when you are inside and at points you might need to stifle a “SANTUARY!” ( I really want to read ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ now) This is a must see for anybody going to Paris.
Before the sun went down we took the metro to the cemetery Père Lachaise, a famous cemetey because of all the famous people buried there. It was lovely, it felt like walking through a forest with ruins in some parks and a park in others. You would never be able to find the graves on your own so we came armed ith a map. My number one grave to see was Jim Morrison, but we also saw Muliere, Pissaro, Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein and her partner and Richard Wright. It was sad to see but also really AWESOME! I left him a little note- maybe in his other worldly dwelling he smiled.
Since it was still early we headed back downtown to see the fancy high end haute couture fashion stores. Chanel, Valentino, Jimmy Choo, Dior! Beautiful things for beautiful people. I was happy to see them.
We had dinner at a tiny whole in the wall vegitarian restaurant in Montemarte. It only had 5-6 tables and was run by one (very-nice) lady. It was that good lentil and barley type of vegetarian food and a welcome break from my regular diet of cheese pizza.
Edouard Vuillard (first time I had seen this painting and I just fell in love with it) Monet - Cathedral Series
Nouveau Show - Mirror - Paper dresses from the Sixties
LP covers - Furniture
Cemetery Pere Lachaise