For the moment, I am just posting little glimpses of the travels of Brad and Laura and Dave and Andrea. Brad and Dave are putting together a complete package from the trip–but this should give a hint of what they’ll be producing.
Below, a young Swede relaxes in one famous and fabulous gardens dotting Paris. She is unaware that very soon Dave will interview her about her feelings on art, cinema, and America. So far, the most shocking answer we’re received"
Q: What question would you ask of Americans your age?
A: Do you have a gun?
That from a 12-year old Scot. His favorite American was rapper 50 cent.
We will try to set up a dialog between European students and their American counterparts. We are gathering e-mail addresses…
Dave gets ready to document "The Thinker" at the Rodin Museum. He watched a tape of Rodin working with a chisel. Note: if you wait long enough at the sculpture of "The Thinker", what do think you’ll see people doing at the base for their photograph? (Yes, the pose).
Andrea relaxed in the Rodin museum, looking every inch a French patron.
Some of the best things about the Rodin museum are the unfinished sculptures like the one here. It is thought provoking to see the images enigmatically emerging from the stone. It makes you realize how really hard the art of sculpture is. Needless to say, there are many great resources on art here. Take a spin.
We have a Lance sighting—sort of. We had lunch at a viewing party for Stage 20–the last before the finale of the Tour de France. This is a way 3rd party sighting of Lance (and Cheryl), but we were all in France at the same time, so it’s virtually authentic. It is true that I shot Lance and Cheryl (below) with my digital camera.
Visit a French museum yourself at
http://users2.ev1.net/~stegturn/dorsey.htm (for the D’Orsey) or
http://users2.ev1.net/~stegturn/louvre.htm (for the Louvre).
The museums in Europe are much more accessible than the ones in America. Below, a close-up snapshot (no flash, please!) of Millet’s brush strokes in his painting of "The Angelus".
His famous painting of "The Gleaners" is also here. The most important
Millets are at the D’Orsey, as are some of the most recognizable
paintings in the world. Check them out at the link above.
At the same museum, a more realistic view of a French farmer from the same period. Perhaps the cows are upset by Jose’s lunch (below)–the serious American food at the viewing party. Note: We are also asking students about their food at school. Responses: Universal loathing.
A final note: If you’ve my copyright workshop, you know I talk about the composer of the music for the National Anthem. The tune and music is really (shhhh!) from a British song called "Anacreon in Heaven." I had never actually seen a rendering of what old Anacreon looked like until the Musee D’Orsey. Here is it. And check out the background of the US National Anthem…