Saturday, April 14, 2012

Le Petit Fer à Cheval


Two weeks ago, my husband and I arranged to meet Peter (Peter's Paris) and friend Isabelle for déjeuner at this café/bar in the heart of the Marais,
Le Petit Fer à Cheval (the horseshoe). 
It was the one coolish day of our visit and we enjoyed sitting in a warm corner. 

Do you know the special anniversary that is today?

It is the birthdate of an artist, one who left his mark on the world through his photography.  His amazing insight into children's street culture created visual stories of life in France.  His photography has had a revival since his death in 1994 and many of his portraits and street photos of Paris in the late 1940s and 1950s have become icons of French life.

Robert Doisneau
born 14 April 1912

Joyeaux anniversaire, Monsieur Doisneau


Le Petit Fer à Cheval
30, rue Vieille du Temple
75004, Paris

19 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Looks like a great place to share with friends, Genie! I have heard of Robert Doisneau, but now you've stirred my curiosity. Hope you're having a fantastic time! It does look and sound like it! Enjoy!

Hugs
Sylvia

French Girl in Seattle said...

What a wonderful shot, Genie. Thank you for reminding us about Monsieur Doisneau's birthday. I have just "flipped through" one of the books I got for Christmas just to celebrate ;-) Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Malyss said...

This horse-shoe bar is a wonderful furniture!!
Happy Birthday to M. Doisneau. We all like his wonderful pictures!

Joe said...

I look forward to the day that I retire so that I can visit all of these wonderful places. For the meantime I am grateful that I can visit them via your blog.

M said...

The bar really does look like a horseshoe ... wonderful photo .... love the B&W

Alexa said...

Great shot, Genie—and in b&w, it's a wonderful tribute to M. Doisneau on his 100th birthday!

Virginia said...

Ah M. Doisneu is my hero! Maybe we should pop a bottle of champagne on my blog today and drink a toast in his honor! I think I might have been here once but I'm not sure. THey all tend to look so much alike.
V

Carrie'sCreations said...

I never get tired of seeing your fabulous photos. They are beautiful! I love living vicariously through you:)

Janey and Co. said...

Looks like only room for one bartender...and I bet he knows his regulars!

Nice tribute to wonderful photographer ..

Kris said...

Beautiful cafe, Genie! I love looking at all the different cafe/bar areas in Paris...they all seem uniquely different and this one is gorgeous! Happy Birthday Robert Doisneau! Husband's birthday was yesterday!

Starman said...

Nice looking place, but it doesn't seem very crowded.

Mary said...

It looks like such an great place to enjoy time with friends. I love Mr. Doisneau's photography, but i didn't know today is his birthday. I will make a toast to him tonight out to dinner! :)

Jack said...

It is a charming bar, Genie. I saw mention of M. Doisneau today on Google, but, frankly, I had no idea who he was. I need to spend some time googling his work.

Randy said...

A true artist indeed.

Cezar and Léia said...

Belated happy anniversary!
Hats off to M. Doisneau, we're also fans of his wonderful work!
God bless you!
Cezar

TheChieftess said...

Excellent photo Genie!!! Happy Birthday M. Doisneau

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PerthDailyPhoto said...

I looooove M Doisneau's work and have a few of his images framed, I think not only your words but your image also is a wonderful tribute Genie.

Peter Olson said...

Virginia has a doubt... If she had been there, she should remember. It's not quite alike, inckuding ths little space for restaurant tables behind! Well worth another visit! :-)