Lille métropole musée d’art moderne – LaM – Lille metropolitan museum of modern art

Posted: September 20th, 2012 | Author: Kathryn | Filed under: museum or gallery, travel | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Over the weekend my husband and I visited LaM – Lille metropolitan museum of modern art, a wonderful , bright, relaxed gallery with a wealth of hidden treasures. The gallery has a number of works from the most notable artists of the modern movement including Modigliani, Léger and of course Picasso. They have a room dedicated to cubism and large areas dedicated to Art Brut, housing some extremely unique pieces by local artists including the extraordinarily detailed work of Augustin Lesage (from the towns of Auchel and Burbure, Pas-de-Calais) and Victor Simon (from the town of Bruay-la-Buissiére and the city of Arras, Pas-de-Calais).

These are a few of my favourite pieces.

Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait de Roger Dutilleul, 1919:

Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait de Roger Dutilleul, 1919

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu assis a la chemise, 1917:

Amedeo Modigliani, Maternité, 1919:

Fernand Léger, Esquisse pour l’homme au chien, 1920;

Fernand Léger, Femme au bouquet, 1924:

Kees van Dongen, Femme Lippue, 1909;

Kees van Dongen, Femme Lippue, 1909, detail;

Kees van Dongen, Femme Lippue, 1909, detail;

Unknown artist;

Sonia Terk-Delaunay, Bord de l’eau – Finland, 1906 detail;

André Masson, Au Cabaret, 1923;

Joan Miro, Peinture, 1927;

Jean Dubuffet, Déploiement aux trois arbres, 1969;

Séraphine Louis, Bouquet de fleurs;

Augustin Lesage, L’Espirit de la pyramide, 1926;

Augustin Lesage, L’Espirit de la pyramide, 1926, detail;

Augustin Lesage, L’Espirit de la pyramide, 1926, detail;

Victor Simon, Le toile bleue, mai 1943 – octobre 1944;

Victor Simon, Le toile bleue, mai 1943 – octobre 1944, detail;

Victor Simon, Le toile bleue, mai 1943 – octobre 1944, detail;

Victor Simon, Le toile bleue, mai 1943 – octobre 1944, detail;


Château de Chantilly

Posted: September 17th, 2012 | Author: Kathryn | Filed under: travel | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Early in the Summer I took a very quick trip to Chantilly. Unfortunately I didn’t get to do a complete visit and literally went from the front gate to the gift shop and then took a quick ride around the gardens. These images are far from a thorough view but I’ll be heading back to do the complete tour soon and will re-post then. The buildings are not as they were originally intended, it was set upon without mercy during the French revolution and destroyed then re-built during the 1870s to a fairly unhappy chorus of critics. It has impressive, tranquil grounds, including its very own family of kangaroos, which (if I have my facts in order) are the living descendants of the original kangaroo family, imported a very long time ago from Australia.  Being only a short distance from Charles de Gaulle, the Château de Chantilly is a lovely first stop and welcome to arriving guests!

The decorative anti-siege security system over the moat.

The view from the gift shop, it is a beautiful room and so romantic!

Exiting the gift shop:

I have a vague impression that the Chateau was used as a country lodge of sorts, there are quite a few animal sculptures around that make me think it so, a strong rural theme!

A modest garden when compared to that of the Château de Villandry but extremely tranquil, many many birds.