Monday, April 1, 2013

Making an Impression

Things have changed at the Musée d'Orsay.
Now you're not allowed to take photos at all,
but when I shot (w/o flash, of course) this closeup of
Oeillets et Clematites Dans un Vase de Crystal
back in 2005, pas de problème.  And there was a 
guard sitting almost directly underneath this little
painting too.  I think it's the "flashers" (you know who
you are!) who have ruined it for the rest of us.  Just sayin'.

P.S.—it's worth enlarging this to truly appreciate
the beauty of Edouard Manet's brushstrokes.

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  1. I filled in your photo link.

    I agree. When I visited the Louvre, I shot a picture of the Mona Lisa. Now, I understand, that is not permitted.

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful blues.

    Happy Blue Monday, Alexa.

  2. Terrific shot, one that apparently no one else will get to see unless they visit if people can't take photos any more. I can really feel the paint in this. Thanks for playing along. I will follow your blog too. I love reading about anything French. Here’s my Dreaming of France meme

  3. O, what a beautiful painting. Glad you got a shot of it.
    Happy Blue Monday.

  4. Beautiful! And the texture is amazing.

    Joy's Book Blog

  5. Totally agree! Those filthy flashes! By the way, your main blog picture is really magical. I love the reflections in the water. Plus it's Paris so what's not to love.

  6. Nothing I enjoy more than pretty at work. This is an awesome piece.

  7. You must be so happy to have got that shot, it is beautiful.

  8. It's beautiful and I noticed the brush strokes even before I enlarged it.

    I took a couple of photos there last time I was there but it's been a few years.

  9. Fantastic, so detailed too. I love to go to the art museums in Washington DC when I get a chance. We only live about 25 miles away. Some areas you can take photos just as long as you don't use a flash. I usually remember this rule but one time I accidentally left the flash on my camera. I felt terrible, especially as the guard wagged his finger at me :( A good lesson learned, check your setting first before taking a photo in an art museum.

  10. aww...those flashers! - that stinks! but this is a gorgeous close up. talk about a lot to look at. I love it.
    ; )

  11. Oh, dear! I was reprimanded there last April (a year ago) and before I always could. Sigh. I think you are right about the flashers. I'm glad they didn't make you delete this one! Lovely!