This photo I took in the museum is a painting by Marc Chagall (1887-1985).
He was born in a poor jewish family in Russia (in Vitebsk, now part of Belarus) and his real name was Moishe Shagal.
He began to study painting in 1906 and then moved to St Pertersburg in 1097 and joined the School of the Society of Art Supporters.
He remained in St Petersburg until 1910 and then moved to Paris adn befriended with artists such as Guillaume Apollinaire, Robert Delaunay, Fernand Léger...
He died in Saint Paul De Vence (Provence) in 1985 and he was buried there.
If you want ot know a bit more about him click here.
There is a Chagall Museum in Nice (France).
Another shot from the museum.
The statue on the centre represents Champollion. He was born in Figeac (Lot) but lived in Grenoble for several years. "In 1809, he became assistant-professor of History at Grenoble. His interest in oriental languages, especially Coptic, led to his being entrusted with the task of deciphering the writing on the then recently-discovered Rosetta Stone, and he spent the years 1822 - 1824 on this task. His 1824 work Précis du système hiéroglyphique gave birth to the entire field of modern Egyptology" (from Wikipedia).
A different look on the ceiling of the museum!
I'm coming back to Grenoble in the afternoon so tonight you'll have fresh news! But I'm leaving again for work on Wednesday. This time I'm going to Paris.
On the foreground, you can see a sculpture called "Le Fauve" by Ossip Zadkine, an artist born in Smolensk (Russia) in 1890.
After attending the polytechnic and the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London, he came to Paris in 1909 (where he died in 1967). He worked as a freelance artist and took part in the "Salon des Indépendants" for the first time in 1911 and one year later joined the cubists.
In the background, the third painting is "La Femme au col blanc" by Amedeo Modigliani.
Hi everyone. From tomorrow on, and 'till next thursday, I'll be away in Clisson, a little village near Nantes in the North-West of France. I'm going to an "extrem music" festival called the Hellfest (!) to take some pictures and enjoy the music (yes, I really do enjoy this kind of music!).
But don't worry, my Dad will post the messages I've prepared for you!
You'll be treated to a visit of the inside of a building I particularly like here in Grenoble.
PS : if someone knows how to program Blogger so that I can prepare my posts in advance and have them posted automatically, it would be a great news for me and my future summer holidays!
Another post inspired by an Apollinaire's poem (Les Fenêtres, in Les Caligrammes again).
It says :
Le beau fruit de la lumière"
Elegant effect of the light.
In my last photo, we could almost imagine that it has been taken near a clean and blue lake, se or wathever... but today, it's plain for you to see that the Isère is very far from being a clean and blue river! I wouldn't even try to put a finger in it!
On Saturday, a sport competition (mountain bike, canoe, rollerskating, etc...) was organized by a shopping centre located in Grenoble called Grand'Place.
The canoe test on the Isère river started just off the road from my flat so I was in the front line to take a few shots!
About the Criterium du Dauphiné, this year the winner is Christophe Moreau.
For the first time since I've started this blog, I am posting a picture that is not one of my photos given I am not in Grenoble today (I am currently in Lyon for my job).
As you can see it is an old postcard from Saint Louis Church, a rather big church right in the centre of Grenoble. I'll try to take a picture of the place and church as soon as I come back to Grenoble to show you how it has changed now!
The Chartreuse is a liquor made in my region.
Located in the Chartreuse mountains, the Monastery of "La Grande Chartreuse" is the Mother House of the Chartreux Order. This is where the production of Green Chartreuse began in 1764.
Green Chartreuse is the only liqueur in the world with a completely natural green colour. There is a also a yellow, softer, version.
Michel Destot has been the socialist mayor of Grenoble for 12 years (first elected in 1995 and then re-elected in 2001). He also is a member of French Parliament.
On Monday, he was here to cut the ribbon on the starting line of the Criterium du Dauphiné.
Today, Christophe Moreau, one of the cyclists I've shown you yesterday, won the second stage and he also took the lead of the overall ranking.
Today was the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré.
This race has been organised by local newspaper the Dauphiné Libéré since 1947. It is know to be often used by the pros to make their final preparations before the Tour de France.
The first stage was held yesterday (Monday, 11th), between Grenoble and Roanne.
I went there about half an hour before it starts so I had the opportunity to take some pictures of the racing cyclists. Here you have : Tom Danielson, Alexander Vinokourov, Christophe Moreau and Florent Brard.
German Heinrich Haussler won this first stage and apparently it was a great surprise.
Tomorrow you'll be introduced to the mayor of Grenoble who was there to launch the race.
As in London (see Ham's blog), we also have elephants here in Grenoble!
Have a nice sunday everyone!
This is our municipal theatre.
The wall you can see on the picture is a trompe l'oeil, all these windows are fake.
Here is a bunch of pictures taken on a great shop called La Parisienne where I found a lovely orange hat for this summer (which does not appear on these pictures).
They sell different kinds of hats. Some of them are manufactured by the 2 women you can meet in the shop and some others are imported, apparently mainly from Italy.
If you want to have a good laugh and see what I look like with my beautiful new hat, check my Orange qui saigne blog. You're even allowed to leave comments!
As yesterday was World Environment Day I've decided to pay a little tribute to the environment by taking a nice picture of my new orchids (a present from some of my friends for my birthday last week). I bet my mom will like it!
I'll go back to taking pictures from Grenoble tomorrow ;-)
Another version of my new flower can be seen on my other blog L'Orange qui Saigne.
Another self-portrait to illustrate this month's theme day.
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