Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Printemps - Deux Femmes


The pillars on the grand magasin are beyond stunning. In Paris you find art in the galleries, you find art in the museums, but you also find art in the food, in the lifestyle and certainly in the architecture.


Just breathe it in and absorb!


Printemps
64, boulevard Haussmann

32 comments:

jb said...

The curly kale decotaion is nice, too

o2 said...

I like their happy faces! And this is another i've been passing without seeing... You know Paris better than any Parisian ! :)

Shell Sherree said...

The detail here is amazing. And mosaics as well. I can imagine why you have a gazillion photos on your computer, Genie!

Miss Sadie said...

There was a time when careful craftsmen took the time to develop works of art which were beautiful and functional.

Nowadays, we suffer mostly from the sterility of straight lines and occasional curves. Quelle domage!

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour!
Indeed, Paris is a city where we breathe art and culture!
I guess these ladies are telling secrets each other!Beautiful sculptures!
Léia

Malyss said...

I agree with Miss Sadie! I like those two faces! they seem to be the spirits of the place, observing people downside and laughing at them!

RICHARD MOISAN said...

Et vous trouvez l'Art dans les hommes français qui sont, pour la plupart des artistes connus ou inconnus! :-)

Alexa said...

You prove once again that in Paris it pays to look up, down, and all around! There's something eerily lifelike about these faces. What a great capture—thanks for sharing.

M said...

I think the ladies are smiling at the thought of all the gorgeous fashion items in Printemps. I remember thinking the architecture was beautiful, but I don't remember the mosaic --- I guess I need to go and take a closer look! (Or is that just an excuse to return to this beautiful magazine??)

Lovely photo -- even in the inanimate architecture there is life!

Harriet said...

Thank goodness your camera is capturing all these details that you can share with us....when I'm in Paris, I must admit that I'm oftentimes so awe-struck that I miss things. Keep up the good work. (Ditto this comment to dear Virginia as well.)

Virginia said...

Merci Harriet! :) I have tried to capture these faces but the light was all wrong. Yours are just right. Shopping goddesses????

Amanda said...

beautiful image, genie -- i'm so glad miss sadie brought it to my attention this morning ;-)

the inset mosaic and curly 'kale' as jb says, plus the rosettes makes for a lovely improvisation on the traditional corinthian style capitals -- delicious eye candy!!

Starman said...

What talent to make something so delicate.

Kristin said...

I'm breathing in!!!!!!

xo

Halcyon said...

Ah yes... the details are superb!

Loree said...

It's nice to see so much art everywhere, so many beautiful details.

James said...

Very cool! I love details like these.

Thanks for the info about the Mexican tourism office!

Dianne said...

Ah yes!! Genie, breath in an absorb is very do-able in Beautiful Paris...
"All Things French"

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Thanks for the "art fix" today!

suzanneberry said...

just amazing! what an incredible place. i visit that city whenever i visit your blog.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

JB -- "kale" is what I recognized but could not name -- thanks!

o2 -- Ah, mon amie, you are so kind... I think that they look so very real

Shell -- I just would love to talk to the long-deceased person who designed these... what an artist!

Miss Sadie -- I agree with you totally, my dear... which is why we must preserve what is out there

Léia -- They do look like they know a secret or two - hah!

Malyss -- On my next trip I am going to check around to see if the other columns are different than these two spirits here

Richard -- Je suis d'accord.

Alexa -- That and take 10x more photos than you think as you never know until later what you really have found! Merci

Marie -- I think that one could photograph all day in this one place and still find small details like these

Harriet -- Merci, mon amie...

Virginia -- They must be!

Amanda -- Well, that Miss Sadie is quite resourceful and a friend to us both... And Corinthian capitals are right down your alley, my expert friend... Merci!

Starman -- Yes, and most people think that the goods are inside the building when we can find them outside!

Kristin -- Merci, my dear friend...

Halcyon -- I imagine you have some similar photos, mon amie...

Loree -- We (in the USA) do not have the abundance of historical detail as is found in other parts of the world...

James -- Glad that you noticed as you are quite the sleuth on detail

Dianne -- I think that I must have a goofy look on my face most of the time I am in Paris, but it is hard not to just swoon over the beauty

Tammy -- You can come over for an art-fix any time... Bises

Suzanne -- Glad that you like the "Paris visit" here, mon amie!

Randy said...

Wow the faces are so amazing. They look so real.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Randy -- Merci, mon ami!

Jack said...

Genie, that is spectacular! The faces are remarkably lifelike. They remind me of the buskers who paint themselves with silver makeup and then stand still as if they are statues. The entire carving is wonderful.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Jack -- Merci... I thought that they looked familiar but had not made that connection. We see those "buskers" in cities everywhere but some of the best I have seen were in Avignon, all in pewter like these women

Dreamer's Click said...

Breathtaking....

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Click -- Thanks for dropping by and making a comment...

JM said...

Gorgeous details! I like the little blue tiles.

Cynthia said...

You've got such an eye! I've never realised there were such details!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

JM -- It does look like something from Portugal...Merci, mon ami

Cynthia -- During the holidays there is so much other glitter that it is easy to miss these architectural details... I am always on "the hunt" - hah!

jelly beans said...

how cool. love the architecture. so much detail! greetings from barcelona.

www.kamjey.com

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

jelly -- I will be visiting your blog again... very creative with interesting commentary to go with your photos! muchas gracias a todos