Art Art Art!!

imageThis is the Arc de Triumph at Place Charles De Gaulle. It honors those who fought and died for France during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars

I didn’t realize this until after i left but the tomb of the unknown solider from WWI lies beneath. It was amazing to stand in front of this huge structure and all the cars swerving around like little tiny ants.image  imageimageimage

These are a few pieces of art from the Musee de Orsay. I spent over three hours in here scour and drueling over all of the art works. You first walk in and it is a huge hall bearing giant marble statues that seem to be staring back at you. It is almost as if these artists have the power of Medusa and captured real humans inside of the stone. I wanted to take pictures of more statues but I felt as though they couldn’t quite do it justice. They have many more room with eras depicting furniture, bowls, and crafts as well as an entire section on impressionistic artworks on the top floor. When you do reach the top you can see the layout of the north part of Paris over the Seine River. (see 4th  Picture)

A few friends and I finally got to meet up with Isadora Duncan in the Pere Le Chaise Cemetery. She is the Pioneers of modern dance to move pastimage the point shoes and rigid structures of ballet.

It was quite an adventure getting to her because we read the map saying she was in section in 74 and we were looking for over an hour. We reevaluated the map and after asking a passing woman she said she was in Section 87. So off we went trekking through the cemetery that also housed Oliver Wilde, Gertrude Stein and many more artists. On the way there a couple asked us is we had seen Isadora! We told them we were on our way to find her! We wound up talking to them and found out that he and his husband from Portugal were just visiting and the first guy was actually a USF graduate from 2007! Go Bulls! Not only that, he told us to say to Michael Foley, the professor for dance and the director for the Study Abroad for Dance in Paris. We told him to say himself! He was a dancer at USF and the Paris program had started his last year and here he was again running into more dancers from USF! What a small world. If we had not been lost for an hour in the wrong spot we would not have run into them. We invited him to our Choreographic Research Show that night and Michael and Brock were reunited by the love of the arts and this wonderful program!

image This is the Great Pyramid outside of the Lourve Museum. I unfortunately did not get to go inside. well I got inside and accidentally exited because I wanted to see the Tuileries Garden, which is apparently the exit. I had waited an hour to get inside and I wasn’t planning on waiting again today. So be careful when you enter not to exit. I figured it wasn’t meant to be today so I went int to gardens and somehow wondered into the Petit Palais Musee des Beaux-Arts (photos below) They had some really obscure art as well as old everyday house objects that got were crafted to be works of arts instead of being strictly utilitarian.

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imageThis is me next to the Luxor Obelisk. Its a yellow granite Egyptian Column. It is decorated with hieroglyphs exalting the reign of King Ramses II.

imageThe Thinker!!!(Iconic I know, but no less stunning) imagethe Man Auguste Rodin Himself imageThe Kiss

The Muse de Orsay has some of Rodin’s creations, but he also has his own Museum as well. It is held at Hotel Biron where he did a lot of his works and collaborated with other artists in Paris. He had the place turned into a Museum so he would never really die and always be remembered. It was so peaceful to walk to grounds and his sculptures were coexisting with nature. image image Above are some works from Salvador Dali. I found his 3-D art to be very interesting because I feel like most people know him for surrealist work in paintings but it is different to experience this art first hand. He has another Museum in St. Petersberg, Fl but this site really exhibits the transformation of his beginning art to the more well known works of today.

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